Mary Baldwin University’s Sunday Recital Series presents pianist Scott Beard October 21. He will perform works by Mozart, Tan Dun, Leschetizky, Liebermann, and Chopin.

Scott Beard, nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author, and recording artist is associate professor of music and coordinator of keyboard studies at Shepherd University in West Virginia. Recognized for his teaching abilities, he was named 2006 West Virginia Music Teacher of the Year. One of the leading experts on the music and teaching of 19th-century pedagogue, Theodore Leschetizky (1830-1915), Beard’s doctoral dissertation and CD recording Leschetizky: Piano Treasures represent one of the first major research projects concerning this composer’s music.

Beard believes in Leschetizky’s mantra of “no life without art; no art without life,” by bringing music and the arts to students and audience members in a variety of settings. His musical story telling (spoken program notes) gives audience members many new ways to relate to the music, making the concert experience more personal, enjoyable, and insightful.

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The performance will be at 3 p.m. on October 21 in Mary Baldwin University’s Francis Auditorium at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets, Staunton. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors. For more information, call (540) 887-7294.