Pianist Alex McDonald will perform on the ASU campus

(09-10-2015)

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The Adams State University Department of Music, along with local community members will be presenting a special recital by pianist, Dr. Alex McDonald, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, in Leon Memorial Hall.

Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed across the United States as well as in Israel, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and South Korea; additionally, he has been a featured performer on PBS, WRR (Dallas/Ft. Worth), KUHA and KUHF (Houston), NPR, and WQXR (New York City). In 2008, he was named a Harvey Fellow by the Mustard Seed Foundation. In 2013, he was a competitor in the 2014 Van Cliburn Competition.

McDonald is currently on faculty at Texas Woman's University, having previously taught at Richland College as well as at the Juilliard School. Additionally, his private piano students have been admitted to Juilliard, Eastman and New England Conservatory, and have performed at Carnegie's Weill Hall and on WRR.

McDonald received his bachelor's degree from the New England Conservatory with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance under Russell Sherman, and his master's and doctoral degrees from Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin.

McDonald's recital will include works by Haydn, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt. All tickets are $20 and profits will benefit the establishment of a classical music concert series in the San Luis Valley. For more information, please call 719-587-7621.