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Faculty piano recital to celebrate women in music April 19

Dr. Karen Fosheim

Delta State University’s Dr. Karen Fosheim will present a faculty piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The event is free and open to the general public. It will be streamed live on the Delta State Department of Music Facebook page.

Fosheim, who serves as a professor and chair of Delta State’s Department of Music, said the program will celebrate the vast contributions of women in music.

“The variety and depth of these compositions have been a challenge and an inspiration to me as a performer,” said Fosheim. “The compositions represent nearly one hundred years of compositional styles.”

The featured work on the program is the Sonata for Piano by Florence Price which won first prize in the 1932 Wanamaker music contest.

“This is a work of mammoth proportions,” said Fosheim about the piece. “It represents a solid, classically-based structure with tinges of jazz and popular idioms recognizable in the harmonies and rhythms.”

Also on the program are works by French composer Lili Boulanger and American composers Amy Beach and Margaret Bonds.

The program will close with Designs in Blue Shadows, a work dedicated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the city of New Orleans by Barbara Jazwinski, professor of Composition at Loyola University.

For questions or more information, contact the DSU Department of Music at (662) 846-4615.