posted September 27, 2010

“Sundays at 2” Concert Series to Feature Jerico Vasquez on Oct. 10

The "Sundays at 2" recital series coordinated by the department of music at Hope College will feature pianist Jerico Vasquez on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

The program will open with Robert Schumann's "Arabeske," Op. 18. Next will be another piece by Robert Schumann titled "Kriesleriana," Op. 16. The concert will close with Frédéric Chopin's "Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor," Op. 35.

Acclaimed as a pianist of "intelligent ardor and exceptionally clear and bright technique" by "The Santa Barbara News Press," Jerico Vasquez has performed as concerto soloist, as a recitalist, and as a chamber musician in the United States, Canada, Europe and the Philippines.

He received his Bachelor of Music degree under Dr. Charles Asche at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in piano performance, with a minor in music history and literature, at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston under Ruth Tomfohrde, Abbey Simon and Horacio Gutiérrez. Before coming to Shorter University he taught at the Moores School of Music, as well as the University of Houston, Downtown.

Vasquez has been a winner of the UCSB Concerto Competition and has received career grants from the Pillsbury Foundation, the Santa Barbara Performing Arts Foundation, and the Léni Fe Bland Foundation. He was also a recipient of Ojai Festival's prestigious Charlotte and Alvin Bronstein Award, Capitol Record's Nat King Cole Memorial Award, and the University of California Regents Scholarship. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honorary Society.

As a pedagogue, Vasquez has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association. He has served as president of the Houston Music Teachers Association and the Bayou City Federated Music Club. His students have won prizes from several competitions, including the HMTA/HYAC Concerto Competition, the Blinn College Young Pianist Competition, the GMTA Competitions, and the Chopin International Youth Competition.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.