Piano professor to give performance Sunday

Whether performing in old warehouses, basements, art museums, sculpture gardens or traditional concert halls, Jeff Manchur engages audiences by combining classical piano music and storytelling. A member of the faculty at Heidelberg University’s School of Music & Theatre, Jeff will perform a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, in Brenneman Music Hall.

Audiences will find Jeff's playing and speaking style friendly and personable. Earlier this year, he expanded his performance work to the world of social media and online streaming when he began Why Mozart Matters, performing the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas on his Facebook page. He engages his audience to see the relevance of Mozart’s music to 21st century life. His repertoire ranges from J.S. Bach to Amy Beach to Charles Wuorinen and includes new works for toy piano and electronics.

For his Sunday recital, Jeff will perform Genevieve, Romance for Piano by William Sterndale Bennett, Vier Impromptus, D 899 by Franz Schubert and the more contemporary De Profundis, melodramatic oratorio for speaking pianist by Frederic Rzewski. 

Jeff previously taught at Bowling Green State University, Marietta College and the Toledo Symphony School of Music.

The concert will be in person with COVID-19 protocols of masking indoors and social distancing observed. It is free and open to the public.

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