Grand Piano Celebration Honoring Linda Apple Monson Set for Sept. 18

Posted: August 16, 2011 at 1:01 am, Last Updated: August 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm

The School of Music, the Friends of Music and Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, D.C., will present “A Grand Piano Celebration” on Sunday, Sept. 18, in honor of Linda Apple Monson, international Steinway artist and the School of Music’s associate director for academic affairs and director of keyboard studies.

The event marks the launch of the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund, which honors Monson’s commitment and the impact she has had on the students, faculty and friends of Mason’s School of Music for the past 12 years.

The fund will support student scholarships and other related programs in the School of Music and was established by an anonymous donor who will contribute $100,000, to be matched by an additional $100,000 from private sources.

“I am deeply honored by the establishment of this endowment fund, which will provide needed scholarship support for our wonderful students in our School of Music,” Monson says. “To everyone who has contributed to this fund, I offer my heartfelt thanks and profound gratitude. Your gifts will have a permanent impact on the lives of our Mason music students and community.”

Activities of “A Grand Piano Celebration” are

  • Lunch at 1 p.m. in the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall in the de Laski Performing Arts Building with virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel and students providing piano selections.
  • “Grand Piano Concert” at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall featuring Monson performing works by Maurice Ravel; duo-piano works by Aram Khachaturian with her colleague, pianist Anna Balakerskaia; works by Schubert with four-time Grammy-winning tenor John Aler; and collaborative piano with jazz trombonist Harry Watters in a new work by Don Bowyer. The program will also feature a piano ensemble work showcasing other members of the piano faculty: Kelly Ker-Hackleman, John Paul Healey, Joanne Haroutounian and Patricia Parker. Several scholarship student pianists will perform works by Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy and Lutoslawski.
  • Reception at 5 p.m. with the faculty and student artists on the Center for the Arts Grand Tier III.

Monson has been a professor in Mason’s School of Music since 1999 and was recently named a Distinguished Service Professor. She also serves as director of music at Springfield United Methodist Church. A recipient of the George Mason University 2009 Teaching Excellence Award, Monson has been selected for the Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

An active performer/scholar, she has given lecture-recitals, solo piano recitals and piano master classes in the United States, Europe, Asia and Central America. She is a frequent lecture-recitalist at international, national and regional conferences of the College Music Society. An advocate of new music, Monson has presented numerous solo piano world premieres.

Monson earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a diploma in piano from Musica en Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Tickets for each part of “A Grand Piano Celebration” can be purchased separately (lunch, $50; “Grand Piano Concert,” $20; postconcert reception, $30) or all three events can be purchased as a package for $75.

For tickets to the performance, charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu or the Center for the Arts Box Office, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For tickets to the lunch or the postconcert reception, or to purchase the $75 package, contact Leticia Moreno Enos at lmoreno@gmu.edu or 703-993-4749. Endowment sponsorships for the event are also available. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Enos.

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