Pianist Mark Valenti Performs on Feb. 8 in WC Concert Series

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Pianist Mark Valenti will perform at Washington College on Monday, February 8, as part of the 2015-2016 Premier Artist Lineup of the Washington College Concert Series. The concert begins at 7:30pm in Hotchkiss Recital Hall, and is open to the public.

Valenti, who earned his master of music from Northwestern University and has taught at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, last performed at Washington College in March 2011. Currently living in Chicago, he has performed around the country and the world, including France, Hungary, and Belgium. He plans to perform a variety of classical pieces that will serve as “an excellent overview of the evolution of piano styles” ranging from classicalism and romanticism to impressionism and modernism.

“I believe a performance should be first and foremost fresh, spontaneous and alive,” Valenti says. “I do not believe in a planned, prepared, ‘definitive’ interpretation. Like playing a Ouija board, my preference is to let the music lead me wherever it wants to go.”

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults and $15 for non-WC students, adults over the age of 65, and WC faculty and staff. Washington College students and children 18 and under may attend for free.

The Washington College Concert Series is now in its 63rd year and has attracted internationally recognized musicians to help promote the College and the Eastern Shore as an exciting location for the support and celebration of all types of music. For more information on the 2015-2016 Premier Artist Lineup or the Washington College Concert Series visit http://concertseries.washcoll.edu. For more information on Mark Valenti, his performances and his teaching, visit http://www.markvalenti.com/

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