Mary Baldwin University presents the last Sunday Recital of 2012 at 3 p.m. on November 18 in Francis Auditorium. Guest pianist Nicholas Ross has planned a program that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, featuring music of Chopin and Liszt, as well as Haydn and Debussy. He will also perform “Milongalgusto,” an exciting work by the award-winning composer Kent Holliday of Virginia Tech.
Ross is on the faculty of Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, where he is also the director of keyboard studies. He is no stranger to Virginia, however, as he was a long-time faculty member at Sweet Briar College and is also the pianist in the James Piano Quartet, which has held residencies at both Sweet Briar and the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival.
Very active as a performer and scholar, Ross concertizes regularly as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe and has released four solo piano recordings. His first three solo discs highlight American music, including Kent Holliday: A Musical Odyssey (with pianist Emily Yap Chua). Ross’s many scholarly interests include the use of proportional structures, especially the golden ratio, which is reflected in his most recent solo recording, A Golden Proportion Recital, which features music of Mozart, Chopin, and Debussy.
Ross earned a doctor of musical arts in piano performance from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and also holds degrees in piano performance from the Twente Conservatory (now called ArtEz) in Holland and Trinity College of Music in London, as well as a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Twente University.
The Sunday Recital Series will continue in 2013 with cellist Beth Cantrell and pianist Lise Keiter on February 3; violinist Peter Wilson and pianist Lise Keiter on March 17; and pianist Ray Kilburn on March 24. All Sunday Recitals are at 3 p.m. in Francis Auditorium, in the Pearce Science Center on the Mary Baldwin University campus. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and students. (Mary Baldwin students attend free of charge.) For more information call 540-887-7294 or visit Music at Mary Baldwin.