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Pianist Crappell to perform works of famous Hungarian composers

October 9, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
pianist Courtney Crappell
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present pianist Courtney Crappell performing a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Hungarian Recollections" is a program of solo piano music featuring works by two famous Hungarian composers, Béla Bartók and Franz Liszt, according to Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA.

"After beginning with the elegance, joy and naiveté found within Bartók's settings of Hungarian children's songs, the mood darkens and shifts towards spiritual awakening and Hungarian nationalism revealed in Liszt's third 'Années de pèlerinage' (Years of Pilgrimage)," according to Crappell, who will also perform the Hungarian Rhapsody, No. 6.

Crappell is associate professor of piano pedagogy in the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. A native of south Louisiana, he earned his BM in piano performance at Louisiana State University and completed his MM and DMA degrees in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma.

He is an award-winning published author and has served as an evaluator selected by the International Piano Performance Evaluations Committee in Taiwan. He remains active on the concert stage as a soloist and collaborative artist. During his graduate studies, he was a winner of the University of Oklahoma concerto competition.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.