Posting Date: April 6, 2010
Faculty recital features pianist Robert Henry
Event celebrates launch of debut CD
By Tabatha Wahlquist
Cover image of Robert Henry's debut CD "Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz"
Internationally acclaimed pianist Robert Henry will perform in a free concert presented by the Kennesaw State University School of Music on April 24 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The concert is part of a CD release event celebrating Henry’s debut CD, “Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz,” recorded at the Bailey Center and featuring the works of Chopin, Fauré and others. Highlights of the CD include the world premieres of Alexei Stanchinsky’s forgotten Nocturne of 1907 and Henry’s arrangement of Chet Atkins’ “Waltz for the Lonely.”
Special guests for the event include NPR radio personality and WABE 90.1 host Lois Reitzes and nationally recognized Broadway performer and KSU alumnus Jody Reynard (theatre, 1998). Reitzes will recite poetry and Reynard will perform choreography to one of Henry’s pieces.
Audiences will have an opportunity to hear Henry perform the entire CD live and to purchase copies on site. He will sign CDs following the concert. Sheet music for “Waltz for the Lonely” will be available for purchase in the fall.
Henry will also perform in a master class on April 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Bailey Performance Center.
Robert Henry, artist-in-residence in piano, is an internationally distinguished pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Strathmore Hall and the Kennedy Center. A 1999 graduate of KSU, he recently received the 2009 KSU Distinguished Alumni Award. A documentary of Henry’s recording experience, “The Making of Twelve Nocturnes and a Waltz," is currently available on his website.