November 15, 2017
An internationally noted educator, Westney holds two endowed positions at Texas Tech as Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Piano and the Eva Browning Artist-in-Residence, and has received the university’s highest honor for education, the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award.
Westney’s program will feature two sonatas by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frédéric Chopin. Mozart’s “Sonata No. 17, K. 570” is pure and deceptively simple. Chopin’s “Sonata No. 3, Op. 58” takes the form in another direction and offers sweeping, majestic passion.
An arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Prelude in G Minor, BWV 535,” by Russian composer Alexander Siloti, will open the performance. Rounding out the program are three preludes by Claude Debussy: “Gazing at the Moonlight from the Terrace,” “Puck’s Dance,” and “What the West Wind Saw.”
Westney was the top piano prizewinner of the Geneva International Competition, and he appeared thereafter as soloist with major orchestras like l’Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and the Houston, San Antonio and New Haven Symphonies. He has given solo recitals on four continents, including appearances at New York’s Lincoln Center, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and St. John’s Smith Square in London.
Critics have praised his recordings for Composers Recordings Inc. and Musical Heritage Society, and Newsweek selected his CRI album of Leo Ornstein’s works as one of its “10 Best American Music Recordings” of the year.
The recital is free and open to the public.
For more information about Westney, visit his website.
The School of Music is part of the J.T. and Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
With more than 500 students, the size is ideal for creating larger ensembles as well as ensuring individual attention with private study.
Faculty includes a performing specialist on all band and orchestral instruments as well as piano, voice, organ, harp and guitar, and specialists in conducting, composition, electronic music, music education, musicology, world music and music theory.