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Performing Arts to present guest recital

Performing Arts to present guest recital

The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a guest artist recital featuring pianist Willis Delony at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Shearman Fine Arts Theatre.
               
This free program will feature "Rondo in A Minor, K. 511" by W.A. Mozart, "Etudes for Piano" by Claude Debussy, "In Memoriam" by Bill Evans and duo selections to be announced from the stage, with Patrick Sheng, McNeese coordinator of jazz studies, on saxophone.
               
Delony is the Aloysia Barineau Professor of Keyboard Studies and professor of jazz studies at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he recently completed a two-year term as interim director of the School of Music. He is a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship awarded by the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In May 2012, he received the Edith Kirkpatrick Arts Leadership Award given by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra in recognition of his many years of service to the local arts community.
               
He has won national and international acclaim as a jazz and classical pianist, conductor, chamber player, commercial composer and arranger. He has also recorded several solo and collaborative CDs.

Delony has appeared as piano soloist or conductor with American orchestras in Wichita, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Nashville, Fort Worth, New Orleans, Shreveport, Tampa, Orlando, Toledo and Baton Rouge. On the international scene he has performed with the Toronto Symphony, the National Orchestra of Moldova and the Shanghai Symphony. As a solo and collaborative recitalist, he has performed classical and jazz concerts throughout the U.S. as well as France, Germany, Mexico and Brazil, and his orchestral arrangements have been performed throughout the U.S. and Canada.

His work as pianist, arranger and conductor is currently featured in "Club Swing," "Stay Tuned" and "Cool and Swingin'," the popular orchestral shows featuring the Minneapolis-based vocal group Five By Design. He is principal arranger and orchestrator for the group's newest show, "Ultra Lounge," which will be premiered in April 2013 in Canada by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He will also be appearing as guest pianist/arranger with the group in a December 2012 holiday tour with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
               
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.