This article appeared on October 10, 2012 in the WMU News
Pianist and School of Music professor presents CD release concert
by Cara Barnes
KALAMAZOO—Pianist and Western Michigan University faculty member Lori Sims will perform a CD release concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Sims’ performance will be preceded by a 7 p.m. discussion hosted by Dr. Dan Jacobson, WMU professor of music. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for seniors and $5 for students, and are available from Miller Auditorium at millerauditorium.com/som or by calling (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858.
Sims, the John T. Bernhard Professor of Music at WMU, teaches piano and keyboard literature. She received the first prize gold medal at the 1998 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition. She was also a first place co-winner of the 1994 Felix Bartholdy-Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin and took first prize at the 1993 American Pianists’ Association Competition with outstanding distinction from the jury.
Her new CD, to be released on Naxos, includes Romantic favorites and pieces that represent various landmarks in her career. Sims will be selling and signing CDs after the concert in the Dalton Center lobby.
The program will include 15 Variations and Fugue in E-Flat Major, Opus 35 (Eroica Variations), by Ludwig van Beethoven; “The White Peacock” from Roman Sketches, Opus 7, by Charles Tomlinson Griffes; “Romance in E-Flat Major” from Trois romances, Opus 11, by Clara Schumann; Prelude in C Minor, Opus 23, Number 7, by Sergei Rachmaninoff; and several works by Frederic Chopin.
The Dalton Wed@7:30pm: Live and Interactive! concert series is presented by the WMU School of Music under the auspices of the Bullock Music Performance Institute. Established in the fall of 1985 and renamed in 1988 in honor of its founder, the institute has presented events ranging from formal evening concerts to daytime educational outreach events for local audiences and students of all ages.
For more information about the Wednesday evening concert series, call (269) 387-4704 or (269) 387-4678, or visit wmich.edu/music.