SPRINGFIELD, Ohio — The 2006-07 Wittenberg Series continues with a recital by pianist Juana Zayas at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24 in Weaver Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.
Recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living interpreters of the music of Chopin, Zayas has performed throughout Europe, South America and the United States. Her program at Wittenberg will include the “Sonata in A Major,” K. 331 by W.A. Mozart; “Visions fugitives” by Sergei Prokofiev; “Two Legends” by Franz Liszt; “Grande Valse Brillante,” Op. 34, no. 1, “Barcarolle,” Op. 60, “Berceuse,” Op. 57, and “Ballade in g minor,” Op. 23 by Frederic Chopin.
Zayas opened the 1999 and 2000 Newport Music Festivals in Rhode Island and played all of Chopin’s Etudes at the 2000 World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Las Vegas, Nev., and at the 2003 Piano Festival Northwest in Portland, Ore. She is regularly invited by the prestigious Serate Musicali to give recitals at Verdi Hall in Milan and has performed with many orchestras, including the Radio Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony and the Rochester Philharmonic.
A native of Cuba, Zayas attended the Peyrellade Conservatory of Music in Havana and earned a Gold Medal. She left Cuba to attend the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique in Paris, where she earned first prize in piano and chamber music.
Every year, the Wittenberg Series brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the campus and local community. For more information about the Wittenberg Series, visit the university’s Web site. To make special arrangements, reserve a series poster or become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Phyllis Eberts at (937) 327-6116, or via e-mail.
- Written By: Marj Newman