posted September 28, 2011

Pianist Adam Clark to Present Faculty Recital on Oct. 14

Adam Clark of the Hope College music faculty will present a piano recital on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel. 
 
The public is invited. Admission is free. 
 
Clark will be performing a wide range of repertoire that includes Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's early "Piano Sonata in F Major, K. 280"; Ludwig van Beethoven's "32 Variations in C Minor," and Morton Gould's 1991 "Ghost Waltzes," written as the commissioned work for the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The centerpiece of the recital is Franz Liszt's "Piano Sonata in B Minor," programmed in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. 
 
An active soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist, Clark has performed to great acclaim throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy and South Korea.  Of his playing, "New York Concert Review Magazine" has written, "Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin's soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness" and "achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra]." 
 
 Clark's performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea. A first-prize winner of the American Protégé International Piano Competition, he has played in notable venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and has appeared with orchestras including the San Luis Obispo Symphony, Holland Symphony and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra. 
 
Also an avid chamber musician, Clark has performed with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Dayton Philharmonic and Seoul National Orchestra, as well as members of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony and West Michigan Symphony. In West Michigan he has been featured on the Hope College "Sundays at 2" recital series, the "Free at 3" recital series, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) recital series, and the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck summer concerts. 
 
Clark is an assistant professor of music in piano at Hope, where he teaches courses in applied piano, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy and accompanying. He has lectured extensively on diverse topics ranging from technical and musical development to twentieth-century pedagogical literature, and he is a frequent guest and presenter at local, state and national music conferences. This past summer he presented a lecture on Liszt's "Piano Sonata in B Minor" at the College Music Society's International Summer Conference in Seoul, South Korea. 
 
In addition to his teaching duties, Clark is director of the Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition, coordinator of the college's "Sundays at 2" series, and collegiate chapter chair for the Michigan Music Teachers Association. 
 
Clark earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. His bachelor's and master's degrees were completed at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Texas at Austin. His former teachers include Dr. Charles Asche, Nancy Garrett, and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. 
 
Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.