HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 17, 2014 – In conjunction with High Point University’s Cultural Enrichment Series, HPU will host a recital and workshops by music teacher and pianist Marvin Blickenstaff. The recital will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts building on campus. The workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the same location. The recital and workshops are all free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Recital: Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m.
The recital will feature some of the world’s favorite piano classics from Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt.
Workshop: Oct. 4, 10 a.m.
Blickenstaff’s first workshop is titled, “Doing What Comes Naturally: Nature’s Clues to Effective Interpretation.” In this session, Blickenstaff will examine the role that gravity, inertia, breath and heartbeat play in formulating the interpretation of the music we play and teach.
Workshop: Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m.
The second workshop, titled, “What Do You Do When the Magic Stops?” will explore how teachers can help retain a new student’s initial enthusiasm for music in order to prevent a later waning of interest.
“As demonstrated by a solo piano recital and two workshops for teachers and students, Marvin Blickenstaff is a musician who can ‘walk the talk’ and ‘talk the walk,’ musically and pianistically speaking,” says Dr. Robert Hallquist, associate professor of music at HPU. “Dr. Blickenstaff has particularly strong ties with music in higher education, and we are simply delighted that he will be on the campus of High Point University to interact with our students and faculty, as well as members of surrounding communities.”
Blickenstaff teaches privately in the Philadelphia area and also at The New School for Music Study in Princeton, N.J. He is former President of the Board of the Frances Clark Center for Keyboard Pedagogy, and serves on the executive planning committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. In 2009 he received the Music Teachers National Association’s highest honor, The Achievement Award.