MTSU’s Keyboard Artist Series concludes seas...

MTSU’s Keyboard Artist Series concludes season with Latin American flair

Some seats are still available for the Sunday, April 8, final public concert in this season’s “Keyboard Artist Series” from MTSU’s School of Music, featuring internationally renowned pianist David Viscoli.

Viscoli’s performance will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building.

David Viscoli, a piano professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and the featured performer at the April 8 MTSU School of Music’s "Keyboard Artist Series" concert

David Viscoli

A campus map is available at, and admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for seniors. Children under age 18 will be admitted free, as will MTSU students with a current ID.

The popular MTSU Arts concert series, sponsored in part by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville and the MTSU Distinguished Lecture Fund, is ending its third season of featuring MTSU faculty and distinguished guest artists from around the world.

Viscoli, a piano professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato, is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and earned his musical master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Southern California. He’s performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America and Asia in both orchestral and festival settings and has won numerous national and international competitions.

Keyboard Artist Series 2017-18 posterSunday’s concert, “A Journey Through Latin American Piano Music,” will include works by Cuban composers Ernesto Lecuona and Ignacio Cervantes, Mexican composers Manuel Ponce and Carlos Chávez, Brazilian composers Ernesto Nazareth and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Argentine composers Astor Piazzolla and Alberto Ginastera.

“While the recital is a bit off the beaten path, there are a number of pieces programmed that are tried and true warhorses of the piano repertoire,” says Adam Clark, an associate professor of piano in the School of Music.

“The Ginastera ‘First Piano Sonata,’ for example, is full of rhythmic energy and unrelenting virtuosity and has been a favorite of pianists and audiences for many years. The music of Villa-Lobos and Piazzolla are also sure to strike a tone of familiarity with listeners. … Works by Lecuona, Cervantes, Chávez and Nazareth might be new to some but incredible to experience for the first time, nevertheless.”

You can get a preview of Viscoli’s technique in the video below, which features his performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Etude: Tableaux Op. 39 No.5 in B flat Minor.

For more information on the Keyboard Artist Series at MTSU, visit

For details on more MTSU School of Music concerts, call 615-898-2493 or visit the MTSU School of Music “Concert Calendar” link.

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