Piano-duo concert to feature ‘dance music and other stuff’ at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Music will present a duo-piano music concert, “Dr. C & Mr. P: Dance Music – and Other Stuff,” featuring Linda Christensen, Ph.D., and Philip Pfaltzgraff at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts.

The “dance music” portion of the program includes a reel, a hop jig, a tango and several waltzes, including a set of six compositions written by Joan Trimble, a 20th century composer from Northern Ireland.  Other compositions featured are “Rapsodie des Pyrenees” (by Eugenie Rocherolle), “Pas de deux” (from a set of “Souvenirs” by Samuel Barber) and “Libertango” (by Astor Piazzolla). The final large piece of the concert is a set of three waltzes and includes three songs from Walt Disney movies.

Christensen teaches applied piano, group piano, and music technology at Wayne State College. She received a B.A. from Weber State University, an M.M. in piano performance and pedagogy from Southern Methodist University, and a Ph.D. in music education/piano pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. She is president of the Nebraska Music Teachers Association and serves on committees for MTNA and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy. Pfaltzgraff is in his sixth year as the staff accompanist at Wayne State College where he teaches piano lessons, teaches one section of Topics in Music (a general education course), and plays the piano for all of the choral ensembles on campus. He also performs with the biennial campus-wide musical theatre production, and accompanies all student and faculty soloists in recitals.  Pfaltzgraff received a bachelor of music education from Westmar College, a master of music in organ performance and a master of music in music education from Central Michigan.

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