UACCM To Host Classical Piano Concert

Piano Concert By Classical Pianist Dr. Rosilee Walker
The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton will host a free piano concert by classical pianist Dr. Rosilee Walker at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 19 in the UACCM Fine Arts Auditorium. Walker is the Artist-in-Residence and Director of Keyboard Activities at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.  
Walker is one of the premier pianists of the 21st century. As a solo artist, she performs extensively throughout Arkansas as a member of the Arts on Tour Program, sponsored by the Arkansas Arts Council, and plays nationally as a touring member for the Heartland Arts Fund.  She has appeared as recitalist at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, guest pianist at the White House, and performs throughout the United States at major colleges and universities and performing arts centers.

A unique feature of Dr. Walker’s concerts is the combination of the weight and substance of standard repertory with the froth and effervescence of music known as Piano Novelty, a 1920s American musical form that blends syncopation with classical technique.  This popular form has its roots in jazz and ragtime and is always a crowd pleaser.

Walker joined UA-Fort Smith in 1990 after teaching in Kansas City.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University, a Master of Music degree and also a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of music.  While at Baylor, she was the recipient of the Van Cliburn Piano Scholarship and the Alpha Chi National Music Scholarship for graduate study.  At UMKC she was awarded a piano teaching assistantship.
Walker’s principal teachers include internationally known pianists Richard Cass, Susan Starr, and Lillian Kallir.  She has also collaborated with jazz pianist Tony Caramia, and consulted with pianist and leading novelty authority Alex Hassan.
Dr. Walker is a member of the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA), as well as the Arkansas Chapter of MTNA.  She recently joined the faculty of the Masterworks International Summer Music Festival.  Walker has been a program presenter of novelty music for state music teachers’ conventions as well as the Music Teachers’ National Convention.  She is active as an adjudicator and lecturer for music festivals and workshops, and performs and lectures on novelty music throughout the country.  
Walker can be heard on her CD Live at Eastman recorded in the famous Kilbourn Hal at the Eastman School of Music in New York, as well as her new CD Cool Classics which is a collection of classical masterpieces recorded live. 
This free program is made possible through a grant from the Conway County Legal Beverage Association/Arkansas Community Foundation. The public is invited to attend. 
For more information, call UACCM Special Events Coordinator Rhonda Cupp at (501) 977-2085.


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