posted October 15, 2013

Adam Clark to Present Faculty Recital Tonight

Pianist Adam Clark will present a faculty recital at Hope College on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Dimnent Memorial Chapel.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The program will feature “Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828,” by J. S. Bach; “Étude-tableau Op. 39, No. 6 in A Minor,” “Étude-tableau Op. 39, No. 8 in D Minor” and “Étude-tableau Op. 39, No. 1 in C Minor,” by Sergei Rachmaninoff; “Impromptu in B-Flat Major, Op. 142, No. 3 (D. 935/3),” by Franz Schubert; and “Trois mouvements de Petrouchka,” by Igor Stravinksy.

Clark, an assistant professor of music, has performed to great acclaim as a soloist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist throughout the United States, as well as in Belgium, Italy and South Korea. His performances have been broadcast on WMUK in Michigan as well as MBC National Television in Korea.

Of his playing, “New York Concert Review Magazine” wrote, “Clark brought out much beauty in Chopin’s soulfully embroidered melodies. He played with thoughtful expressiveness” and “achieved an excellent blend [with the orchestra].”

Clark’s competition honors include first prizes in the American Protégé International Piano Competition and the San Luis Obispo Symphony Concerto Competition, as well as awards of distinction in the Hellam Young Artists Piano Competition, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, and the Ibla Grand Prize Competition in Italy. He has appeared with orchestras including the Holland Symphony Orchestra, the San Luis Obispo Symphony, and the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and has performed as a soloist in notable venues throughout the United States, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York.

An active chamber musician, Clark has worked with members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Austin Symphony and the Weimar Staatskapelle. In West Michigan he has been featured on the “Free at 3” recital series in Holland, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) recital series, and the Chamber Music Festival of Saugatuck summer concerts.

Clark has been a member of the Hope faculty since 2008, and teaches courses in applied piano, piano ensemble, keyboard skills, piano pedagogy and accompanying. He is also director of the Hope College Young Artists Piano Competition, coordinator of the Hope College Keyboard Concerts Series and collegiate chapter chair for the Michigan Music Teachers Association.

He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Texas at Austin. His former teachers include Dr. Charles Asche, Nancy Garrett, and Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff.

Dimnent Memorial Chapel is located at 277 College Ave., on College Avenue at 12th Street.