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McNeese presents guest/faculty recital

McNeese presents guest/faculty recital

Audiences will experience a dress rehearsal of sorts as cellist Dennis Parker and pianist Lina Morita present their program for an upcoming May performance at New York City's Carnegie Hall at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in Ralph Squires Recital Hall in the Shearman Fine Arts Center at McNeese State University. This free guest/faculty recital is sponsored by McNeese's Department of Performing Arts.

The Carnegie Hall performance May 9 in the Weill Recital Hall will be Morita's Carnegie Hall debut with her colleague from Louisiana State University and she said it is "exciting."
           
The program will include "Ricordanza" by George Rochberg, "Sonata for Violin and Piano" by Claude Debussy, transcribed for cello and piano by Parker, "Uccello" by Scott Eggert, "Sonata for Cello and Piano" by Ivan Sokolov and "Sambatango de Concerto" by Walter Burle Marx.

Parker and Morita have been collaborators for a few years. Parker teaches cello and string chamber music as a Haymon Professor of Music in LSU's School of Music while Morita teaches piano as an assistant professor of music and is a Juliet Hardtner Women in Arts and Humanities Professor at McNeese.

Parker recently received an ATLAS ((Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents which is funding the Carnegie Hall recital as well as the production of three independent CD recording projects.

He studied at the Juilliard School and received his degrees from Indiana and Yale universities. Prior to his tenure at LSU, Parker served as principal cellist of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Inspired by a variety of musical activity, Parker performs frequently as a soloist, recitalist, collaborator and guest professor at universities and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Recent tours have taken him to Asia, South and Central America, and Eastern and Western Europe. He is actively involved in the expansion of the existing cello repertoire and has transcribed many works for his instrument.

Morita received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, Master of Music degree from Rice University and her doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in piano performance and literature.
 
She has performed in various solo and chamber music venues across the United States and abroad. She has performed with the Lake Charles Symphony, Tulane University, Sam Houston State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and the Académie Internationale Musicale d'Été de Nice in France. 

Persons needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax; 337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu.