VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Department of Music presents a piano recital by Mark Valenti, a visiting pianist from Chicago, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15 at Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on the USD campus. The performance, which will include works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Charles Ives, is free and open to the public.
Valenti received his master’s degree in music from Northwestern University; a Bachelor’s of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to performing solo recitals in cities throughout the United States, Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C. He has also done extensive work in jazz, including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey, and he has appeared on TV with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham. Formerly a professor of music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. A photo of Valenti is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Mark_Valenti.jpg.