Piano Puzzler Comes to WVSU


Piano Puzzler Comes to WVSU
June 18 Session is Open to the Public

INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- For those who did not have an opportunity to enjoy the performance by Bruce Adolphe, the Piano Puzzler, during FestivALL, there will be another chance to see him in action. Mr. Adolpe will give a master class and workshop in WVSU's Ferrell Hall auditorium from 10 a.m. to Noon on Monday, June 18. He will work individually with three WVSU music students and will also lead an improvisation workshop. The session of instruction is hosted by the WVSU Music Department.  It is free and open to everyone. Come fill up the auditorium and welcome this nationally known artist, Mr. Adolphe, to the campus.

A renowned composer whose music is performed throughout the world, Bruce Adolphe is also the author of several books on music, an innovative educator, and a versatile performer. His multifaceted career in music is obvious from the positions he holds concurrently: resident lecturer and director of family concerts for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, founding creative director of The Learning Maestros, and comic keyboard quiz-master of Performance Today's weekly public radio program Piano Puzzlers.

Hosted by Performance Today's Fred Child, the weekly Piano Puzzlers show features Adolphe at the piano playing folk tunes and popular songs in the styles of famous Classical composers for call-in contestants. Bruce Adolphe and Fred Child informally talk about the musical issues raised by Adolphe’s comic compositions. Now in its tenth year, Piano Puzzlers is heard in over 200 cities and has over 175,000 podcast subscribers.

A much sought-after speaker and concert host, Adolphe has appeared at most of the major concert series in the United States, as well as at education conferences, festivals, and competitions. In 2011, he was a guest faculty member at the Salzburg Global Seminar for a conference on The Transformative Power of Music.

Adolphe has written three books on music: The Mind's Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination. What to Listen for in the World; and Of Mozart, Parrots and Cherry Blossoms in the Wind: A Composer Explores Mysteries of the Musical Mind.

With Julian Fifer, Bruce Adolphe co-founded The Learning Maestros, formerly called PollyRhythm Productions, a company devoted to the creation of arts-infused interdisciplinary educational materials linking music, visual arts, science, history, ethics, the environment and daily life.

For information about the June 18 event contact Ann Waltner at 304-766-5103 or awaltner@wvstateu.edu.

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