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Contact: Jeri Kornegay
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Debora DeWitt to present duo faculty piano recital with Sarah Miller Nov. 17

 

Pianists Debora DeWitt and Sarah E. Miller will present music from the Baroque and the 20th century for a faculty recital Wednesday, Nov. 17 in Manchester College’s new Wine Recital Hall.  The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.; admission is free.

The music, ranging from Bach to Stravinsky, will include Three Portraits by Debora DeWitt, who chairs the Department of Music at Manchester College. Also on the program is Concerto for two pianos in C Major by J.S. Bach, Souvenirs by Samuel Barber and Russian Dance from Petroushka by Igor Stravinsky.

DeWitt, who holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State, has performed with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra and in concerts throughout Michigan and Indiana. Her composition of Parting was premiered in Carnegie Hall in 2002 by the college’s A Cappella Choir. In 1995, she was invited to The Chinese University of Hong Kong to premiere her vocal composition, Song for a Bereaved Mother with Hong Kong soprano Rosaline Pi.

DeWitt’s Three Portraits was commissioned by the Indiana Music Teachers Association in 1996.

Sarah Miller teaches piano, theory and composition at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, where she is coordinator of composition activities. She received the 1995 Outstanding Woman Graduate Award from Michigan State University, where she also earned her Ph.D. She was the 1996 Lansing Capital Area Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year.

Miller’s compositions include Fanfare and Dances in Mixed-Up Lydian, and recent performances include appearances in the Thursday Musicale Concert Series and the MacPhail Artist Series in the Twin Cities.

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