Jani Parsons in Faculty Piano Recital
Time & Location
About the Event
Jani Parsons, an award-winning Canadian pianist who has taught at Baylor University since August of 2017, will present a faculty recital on Tuesday, February 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Her program is entitled “Of Foreign Lands and People.”
Dr. Parsons enjoys exploring diverse interests in performance, pedagogy, theory, and new music performance. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan (MM and DMA in Piano Performance and Pedagogy), the Vancouver Academy of Music (BM), and the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT).
Jani Parsons serves the Baylor University music faculty as Lecturer in Piano and also teaches online lessons to several students in Canada. She is generously sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts and is a Hambidge Scholar. In addition to her work as pianist and artistic director with Latitude 49, she is an active collaborator, having performed with members of Bang On A Can All-stars, New Music Detroit, Eighth Blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, and members of the Detroit and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
Her Baylor program will open with Austrian master Franz Joseph Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI:52. Dating from 1794, this is the last of Haydn’s piano sonatas.
Next, Jani Parsons will play her own arrangement for two hands of Meredith Monk’s Ellis Island, originally conceived in 1981 for two pianos.
Then Dr. Parsons will play “The Alcotts,” the best-known movement from Piano Sonata No. 2 , “Concord, Mass., 1840-60” by American composer Charles Ives. It dates from 1915.
Also to be heard are Estampes by French master Claude Debussy, Red plum blossoms in the veiled night from Chinese composer Chen Yihan’s My Native Land, Île de feu I by French composer Olivier Messiaen, and “Les cloches de Genève” by Hungarian master Franz Liszt.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.