The Wittenberg associate professor of music is offering a benefit concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at Christ Episcopal Church to raise money for the hurricane relief effort. All proceeds will be donated to the Clark County chapter of the American Red Cross.
Durrenberger will hold a solo piano concert featuring sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven, Johannes Brahms’ Ballade, Opus 10 #1, Aaron Copland’s Four Piano Blues and George Gershwin’s Preludes for Piano.
“I thought this would be the most effective way I could contribute to the relief effort,” Durrenberger said. “I love jazz, and I feel it’s especially fitting to hold a benefit concert for New Orleans victims with works influenced by music that originated from this city.”
The concert at Christ Episcopal Church, located at 409 East High Street in downtown Springfield, marks the third time Durrenberger has performed there as part of a fund-raiser. The first was to raise money for the church’s Steinway D piano, the Springfield Symphony Orchestras former concert instrument, and the second was to help the church with operating costs.
Durrenberger made his solo concerto debut with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (SSO) for the Summer Arts Festival in July 2005. He has performed throughout the country, as well as internationally, including North Africa and Asia. Durrenberger was invited to be an Artist in Residence by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the 1992-1993 season. With his award-winning chamber ensemble, he performed live on National Public Radio (NPR) and on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. He also played for the National Council in Washington, D.C.
In 2004, Durrenberger traveled to China to teach a series of master classes at universities and conservatories in Taipei, Shanghai, Shenyang and the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1999 and teaches courses in piano, music fundamentals, music appreciation, twentieth-century music history and topics courses.
- Sarah Gearhart '06
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