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Guest pianist to perform recital at USD

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

For more information about the performance, please contact Susanne Skyrm at (605) 677-5723 or email: For more about the USD Department of Music, visit online.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News