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Concert to include talk by pianist, composers

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Jeri-Mae Astolfi

DeKALB – Guest pianist Jeri-Mae G. Astolfi will present a free concert, “Here (and there): music for piano and electronics,” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Northern Illinois University Music Building Recital Hall. The program will feature works by composers Jeff Herriott, Tom Lopez, Phillip Schroeder, Brian Belet, Jim Fox, and Ed Martin.

Lopez and Martin will attend the concert and will join Astolfi for a preview and discussion from 3 to 3:50 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Astolfi is a Canadian-born pianist whose playing has been lauded as “brilliant,” “persuasive” and “beautiful.” Her repertoire, ranging from the Renaissance era through the present, clearly affirms her keen interest in new music, which has led her to commission and premiere many new solo and collaborative works, music that has been featured on live radio broadcasts and released by Albany Records, innova recordings, and Ravello Records’ Capstone Collection.

Astolfi is the soloist for the Wisconsin Soundscapes project and a founding member of the duoARtia piano duo. She has been recognized by numerous awards, grants, and invitations to regional, national, and international music forums.

Astolfi also frequently serves as a piano clinician, coach, and master class instructor.

An active member in various local, state, and national music associations, she serves on the governing board of both the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association and PianoArts. She currently holds the position of Artist-in-Residence at Piedmont College.

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