Published March 16, 2015

Piano recital

Chicago’s Mark Valenti to perform March 17 in Dahl Chapel
Chicago pianist Mark Valenti will present a recital at Monmouth College on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
 
Free and open to the public, the performance will feature works by Brahms, Beethoven and Debussy. Also highlighted will be New England composer Charles Ives.
 
A Yale-educated businessman who wrote music in his spare time, Ives dedicated each of the four
movements of his Concord Sonata to great men of New England. The third movement, which Valenti will perform, is dedicated to not just one man, but the entire family of Bronson Alcott. In the movement, Ives portrays “the memory of that home under the elms … where Beth played the old Scotch airs and … the Fifth Symphony.”
 
Formerly a professor of music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago
and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.
 
In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C. He has performed in recital live on WFMT classical radio and has also done extensive work in the jazz field, including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey. He has appeared on television with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and with singer/actor Christopher Durham.
 
Valenti received his master’s degree in music from Northwestern University after doing his undergraduate work at the Philadelphia Musical Academy. He has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer.
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