Witness beautiful music being made at CHC’s 2017 Steinway Artist Concert featuring Karen Walwyn, D.M.A., on Sunday, February 26, at 3 p.m. in the East Parlor.
Dr. Walwyn is a concert pianist, composer and an Albany Recording Artist who recently received the Award of Excellence for her recording of her composition titled “Reflections on 9/11.” She performs around the world in international concert halls in Johannesburg, South Africa, London, Nice, France, and the Virgin Islands to name a few. She also has appeared recently on NPR and PBS.
She will perform works by Florence Price, the first African-American female composer to gain national status (1881-1953).
“Her music is very precious, because, although she lived in Arkansas during difficult racial tragedies, she wrote music that was extraordinarily beautiful,” Dr. Walwyn wrote in an email.
“Her music spins out stories of the times (both the difficult and beautiful) but her harmonies and melodies are almost always so gentle and gorgeous, one would think she was telling bedtime stories.”
Dr. Walwyn will conclude her program with a work she composed to honor the lives lost in Charleston, S.C., last year at Mother Emanuel Church. She will perform the first of the piece’s five movements, which is titled, “A Journey from Afar.”
A Howard University Associate Professor and a 2011 Mellon Faculty Fellow at the John Hope Franklin Institute of Duke University, she composed her debut choral work titled “Of Dance & Struggle: A Musical Tribute on the Life of Nelson Mandela” commissioned and performed by the Elon University Choral.
Chestnut Hill College received the “All Steinway School” status in 2011. Such recognition is conferred by Steinway and Sons to institutions in which all the pianos used (a minimum of 15) are made by Steinway. CHC’s concert series began in March 2012 and each year, a world-renowned performer who endorses the quality of a Steinway instrument has been invited to perform on campus.
“It is a privilege to host pianists of this caliber at Chestnut Hill College,” says Sister Kathleen McCloskey, M.M.Ed., assistant professor of music and the event’s organizer.
For more information, contact Sister Kathleen McClosky at email@example.com or 215-248-7194 and visit www.karenwalwyn.com.
— Brenda Lange