Pianist John Mark Walkup to Perform Wednesday, November 19

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 13 2008

CONTACT: Anita Moody, Director, Public Relations/Marketing
1-304-384-5288, news@concord.edu

Pianist John Mark Walkup to Perform Wednesday, November 19

Athens, W.Va. – Pianist John Mark Walkup will perform at Concord University Wednesday, November 19, 2008, in the H.C. Paul Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center.

Walkup has prepared a recital that includes pieces from internationally renowned artists such as Carl Maria von Weber, George Rochberg, Maurice Ravel and Frederic Chopin. Taking these pieces from great artists from the 19th and 20th century from Germany, France and the United States, Walkup plans to take the audience on an emotional rollercoaster from soothing to surprising with pieces from Ravel, who uses music to mimic a waterfall and cascades, to Chopin who brings excitement and energy with his Ballade #1.

Walkup is currently an associate professor of music and chairman of humanities, education and social sciences at New River Community and Technical College. He teaches courses such as music skills for classroom teachers, introduction to music, twentieth-century music, music theory, applied piano and introduction to fine arts at the Nicholas County Campus. He was also a former assistant dean of New River’s Beckley Campus. Prior to coming to New River Community and Technical College, Walkup was on the music faculty at Glenville State College for ten years, where he taught all applied piano, piano lab and music theory courses.

Walkup has performed at various venues throughout the state of West Virginia, including the Governor’s Mansion and The Greenbrier Hotel. He has also performed as a guest artist across the United States. In Summersville, where he currently resides with his family, he has been on the staff of Memorial United Methodist Church as pianist and has served as guest accompanist for several community choral ensembles.

The recital will fulfill the final requirement for his doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance and literature from West Virginia University. He received the master of music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Illinois.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information about this event contact the Concord University box office at 1-304-384-5101 or by e-mail at boxoffice@concord.edu.


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison at 1-304-384-6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Svilen Trifonov, a student in Concord University’s communication arts department wrote this press release. Svilen’s hometown is Varna, Bulgaria.