Many hands have been busy at practice and play in preparation for Lander University's upcoming Keyboard Festival Ensemble Recital, Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m., in Lander's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The ensemble will feature two pianos, two Lander faculty members, a handful of Lander students and a few guest performers. The group is sure to amaze the audience with as many as four players taking to the keyboards at one time.
The concert is part of the 32nd Annual Lander Keyboard Festival. This event was established by Dr. Marianne Lenti, Lander professor emeritus of music, to showcase students' work in their piano ensemble class. The event grew to include other performers and additional concerts. This year's festival series began with a fall concert featuring emerging artist and Chinese pianist Jie Fang.
Ensemble members are: Dr. Anthony Lenti, Lander professor emeritus of music; Dr. Robert Kelley, Lander associate professor of music; and Lander students Kevin Baggett, of Greenwood; Markela Dandy, of Graniteville; Kelsie Detweiler, of Abbeville; Rakim Jefferson, of Gaffney; Daniel Johnson, of Greenwood; Joel Kurtz, of Greenwood; Marcus McPherson, of Orangeburg; Brandon Pendergrass, of Laurens; and Haley Shelton of Greenwood. The concert will also feature several Lander music graduates and precollege students. Lander senior vocalist Corrie Woods, of Leavenworth, Kan., will also perform.
“The concert will feature a dignified minuet of Handel; a stormy and dramatic sonata of Chopin; and a duet setting of the beloved ‘Danny Boy,’” said Lenti. “There will also be first performances of both vocal and duet versions of two children’s songs by Anna Lenti.”
Anna Lenti is Dr. Anthony Lenti’s mother. The pieces are from a recording called “Animal Songs,” which was issued by Columbia Records in the 1960s.
The performance finale will be the grand “Marche Slave” of 19th century Russian Peter Tchaikovsky, arranged for four players at two pianos.
The performance is free and open to the public. For information, call Lander's College of Arts and Humanities at 864-388-8323. Information about other upcoming Lander arts events is available on the university's website, www.lander.edu.