Professor’s Nov. 9 concert features historical, mo...

Professor’s Nov. 9 concert features historical, modern keyboards

One of MTSU’s newest music faculty members will showcase her expertise Wednesday, Nov. 9, in a free public recital featuring the harpsichord, fortepiano and modern piano.

Dr. Lillian Pearson, a new adjunct professor in the School of Music and a specialist in historically informed performance practice, will share her talents beginning at 8 p.m. Nov. 9 in Hinton Hall of the University’s Wright Music Building.

“MTSU is extremely fortunate to have a harpsichord and fortepiano to give the students and faculty an opportunity to better understand the period composers’ intentions and to allow them to explore how the music would have sounded and been performed,” Pearson said.

On the harpsichord, Pearson will perform “Est-ce Mars” by Jan Pieters Sweelinck; “Soeur Monique,” “Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou les Maillotins” and “Les Baricades Misterieuses,” all by Francois Couperin; and “Toccata in D Minor” by J.S. Bach.

Works to be performed on the fortepiano include “Wurttemberg Sonata No. 3 in E Minor” by C.P.E. Bach and “Fantasy in C Minor” and Sonata in C Major,” both by W. A. Mozart.

Pearson noted that the fortepiano, which is new to the school and arrived in September, “is built following the specifications of instruments of Mozart’s era.”

In addition to the historical instruments, Pearson will perform on the University’s concert grand piano, offering “Etude de Concert No. 3” by Franz Liszt and “Nocturne in C-sharp” and “Barcarolle” by Frederic Chopin.

Pearson holds degrees from Florida State University and the University of Illinois. Her principal teacher has been the Hungarian-trained pianist Edward Kilenyi, and she recently moved to Nashville, where she also is a staff accompanist at the Blair School of Music.

She has appeared throughout the continental United States, England, Costa Rica and China as a soloist and collaborative artist and held positions at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College and Western Carolina University. In addition to her keyboard expertise, Pearson is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

For more MTSU School of Music concert information, call 615-898-2493 or visit and click on the “Concert Calendar” link.