Friday, February 18, 2011

February 2011: Newson presents Chopin’s works in first piano concert at ECSU

Newson presents Chopin’s works in first piano concert at ECSU on February 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — The Music Department at Elizabeth City State University presents Dr. Roosevelt Newson, ECSU’s first Spangler Endowed Professor and the chairperson of the Music Department, at 4:00 pm Sunday in the auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. Newson will present the works of Frederic Chopin during this bicentennial celebration.

Newson has enjoyed success in two distinctly different careers. ECSU’s first Spangler Endowed Professor, Dr. Newson has an impressive resume documenting his accomplishments as a concert pianist and academician. Featured as a soloist with the Charlotte Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Newson has also presented solo recitals at Diligentia Hall in The Hague, The Mozarteum in Salzburg, Wigmore Hall in London, Town Hall in New York City, as well as The Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art, both in Washington D.C. For a brief period, Newson was listed on the artist roster of the Perotta Management in New York City.

The Louisiana-born pianist graduated from Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. and continued his formal studies at The Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and The Julliard School in New York City. Newson’s primary teachers include Walter Hautzig, Leon Fleisher, and Martin Canin.

With a second career in Higher Education, Dr. Newson has served as Dean at three institutions and as Provost at two other institutions. Having served two terms on the Board of Directors for CCAS (Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences), he was subsequently elected as President of CCAS. A former ACE (American Council on Education) Fellow, Newson is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the ACE Council of Fellows.

For more information on this concert, contact the ECSU Music Department, 252-335-3359.

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