Westminster College to Present Guest Pianist April 29

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will present guest pianist Holly Roadfeldt in Revolutionaries, Romantics, Rogues, and Rachmaninoff at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in Orr Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

The program will feature works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. It will also include a world premiere by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster assistant professor of music theory and composition. Other pieces on the program include works by Joan Tower, Alan Theisen, Christopher Cresswell, and Kirk O'Riordan.

Roadfeldt made her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She is an active solo pianist and chamber musician performing standard and eclectic recital programs in the United States, Europe and Asia.  Roadfeldt has premiered over 70 solo and chamber works.  She has performed with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony.

She is also co-founder of the contemporary piano duo, duoARtia, which was formed with Jeri-Mae Astolfi in 2012. Her live recordings can be heard on the Kosei Publishing (Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue") and the Composers Union of Armenia (music by Gor Hovhannisyan) labels. Additionally, she recorded the music (solo and chamber) for Kirk O'Riordan's Strange Flowers CD, which was released on Nov. 19, 2013, by Parma Records.

Roadfeldt currently teaches at Lafayette College, has a private studio in New York City and serves as master piano faculty with distinction at The Music School of Delaware.

Perttu, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2008, earned an undergraduate degree from Williams College, two masters from Kent State University, and doctorate from Ohio State University. His music has been performed in Europe, Asia, South America, and throughout the United States. In addition, Perttu's music has been published by Editions Musica Ferrum (Athens, Greece), BRS Music, Inc. (Indianapolis, Ind.), as well as Dorn Publications (Medford, Mass.). He has also received various commissions and awards from throughout the country.

Contact Perttu at 724-946-7024 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.