Mississippi University for Women piano faculty Julia Mortyakova and Valentin M. Bogdan will perform a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Kossen Auditorium, Poindexter Hall.
“Nancy Knight Gilpin Piano Dedication Concert” is an inauguration concert for a newly purchased Steinway Concert Grand Piano. The funds were donated to The W’s Department of Music in memory of Nancy Knight Gilpin, music alumna class of 1969. The gift was from her husband Michael D. Gilpin, of Hattiesburg.
“We are extremely grateful to receive this gift. Our students, faculty and guest artists will enjoy playing this piano for years to come. This concert will showcase the beautiful range, sound quality and power of this superb instrument and we are excited to share it with our audience,” said Mortyakova.
The recital will feature solo works by Cécile Chaminade, Teresa Carreño, Fanny Hensel, Domenico Scarlatti, Franz Liszt, Sergei Rachmaninoff and multiple selection of music written for piano four-hands.
In order to adhere to physical distancing recommendations, seating for the event will be limited to 60 patrons. Admission to this event will be free of charge, but prior reservation is required. To reserve a seat, call the department of music at 241-6399. Masks will be required of all guests at all times while inside Poindexter Hall.
Mortyakova is professor and chair of the Department of Music at the university.
Bogdan joined The W in 2013 and is currently professor of music.
The event will also be streamed live on The W’s Department of Music website at www.muw.edu/music.