Posting Date: March 11, 2011
Kennesaw State to present pianist Reid Alexander
Recital features multimedia presentation on Claude Debussy
By Scott Singleton
The Kennesaw State University School of Music will present a unique guest lecture recital featuring accomplished pianist Reid Alexander on March 22 at 8 p.m. in the Performance Hall of the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. The free concert, titled "The Multimedia Side of Claude Debussy: Visual and Extra-Musical Inspirations," will feature a multimedia impressionistic presentation of Claude Debussy’s piano préludes with a focus on his second book of préludes.
Alexander, professor of music at the University of Illinois, explains the theme of the recital: "This past year I have returned to the préludes with the idea of exploring how individual titles conjure up wonderful images with special attention to identifying possible visual influences on the composer’s writing." The presentation, according to Alexander, will feature a PowerPoint presentation with informative visual slides, one for each prélude.
Soohyun Yun, KSU assistant professor of piano, comments, "It is great to hear about each of Debussy's prélude while they are being performed. There is a lot of background information on each prélude, and his lecture will help the audience understand more about them." For the recital, the audience will be provided with detailed program notes that outline Alexander's lecture.
In addition to the recital, Alexander will also be participating in a master class on March 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in Wilson Annex 2080. The class will begin with a lecture titled "What the Score Does Not Tell Us" for the first hour and will be followed by instructional teaching with KSU music students.
With more than 30 years of teaching and performing experience, Alexander is widely published, including the recent publications of the "Keyboard Musicianship" series and the "Celebrate Composer" series, which includes more than 2,600 pages of music in 27 volumes. Alexander has served as president of both the East Central Division of the Music Teachers National Association and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association.