Pianist will be visiting scholar at USD

Pianist will be visiting scholar at USD A pianist described as "splendid" by a well-known Washington Post music critic will visit The University of South Dakota Feb. 27-28.

Pianist and teacher Alexandra Mascolo-David will take part in several events sponsored by the Department of Music and the Office of Research Visiting Scholar Program at USD.

On Feb. 27, Mascolo-David will play a piano recital at 8 p.m. During the day, she will visit with music history classes, lecturing on Portuguese and Brazilian piano music. On Feb. 28, she will serve as the adjudicator for the 10th Annual Genevieve Truran High School Piano Competition at USD for grades 8-12. Following the competition, Mascolo-David will work with students and area pianists in a master class from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

With the exception of the music history lectures, all activities will be held in the Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts and are free and open to the public.

Mascolo-David is described in the Washington Post as "a splendid pianist-refined, searching and expressive, and her playing is loaded with insight and interpretative detail." In recent years, she has centered her repertoire around the evocative piano music of Portuguese and Brazilian composers, especially that of Francisco Mignone.�

Her compact disc recording of Volume One of Mignone's Valsas brasileiras was released in 2001.�The Atlanta Journal-Constitution praised this release by stating: "Young Portuguese pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David's debut disc is a treasure ? she plays them [the waltzes] with a poetic, almost improvisatory spirit, in full command of the composer's urbane voice ? a notable disc ?" Mascolo-David's Vermillion recital will include a portion of the Valsas brasileiras as well as works of Ant�nio Fragoso, Domenico Scarlatti and Czech composer, Leos Janacek.

Mascolo-David has performed, and led workshops and master classes in Europe and the Americas and has given solo recitals in Brazil, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Poland, and in the U.S.�She has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in Peru and the U.S., and performs with the Orpheus Piano Trio.

She is also committed to performing the music of contemporary composers and has performed premieres of works by Daniel McCarthy, David Maslanka (b. 1943) and David Gillingham (b. 1947).�Recordings include David Gillingham's Concerto for Percussion on the compact disc Stained Glass.�

In November 2003, she performed and recorded (for Albany records) the Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Winds, and Percussion by David Maslanka, with the Illinois State University Wind Symphony, directed by Steve Steele, in Illinois.

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