Texas Tech University

School of Music Hosts Faculty Piano Recital

Benjamin Robinette

November 15, 2017


William Westney, Texas Tech’s Eva Browning Artist-in-Residence, will perform two piano sonatas.

William Westney
William Westney

The Texas Tech University School of Music will host a faculty piano recital featuring professor William Westney at 4 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 19) in Hemmle Recital Hall.

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.

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