Elton (courtesy photo)
Hominick (courtesy photo)
Annual Foothills Piano Festival
Returns February 5-7
Jacksonville State University's David L. Walters Department of Music will
present the annual Foothills Piano Festival on the JSU campus February 5-7.
An array of stunning recitals and masterclasses will be featured in the Mason
Hall Performance Center. All events are free and open to the public.
On Thursday evening, February 5 at 7:30 p.m., Dr. Nancy Elton of Atlanta will
present a recital with works by Beethoven and Liszt. Dr. Elton is on the
faculty of the University of West Georgia and the Atlanta Music Academy. An
exceptional talent who has achieved doctoral degrees in both piano and voice,
Dr. Elton has been hailed as "...an artist capable of amazing fire and
brillance as well as being possessed of the most graceful sensitivity and
delicacy..." (The State and Columbia Record). A sought-after soloist, her
recent performances include Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" and
Beethoven's "Third Piano Concerto." A producer of successful, award-winning
pianists, Dr. Elton was named Teacher of the Year by the Georgia
Music Teachers Association in 2005.
The festival will showcase Dr. Elton's teaching expertise as she coaches junior
high and high school pianists in a masterclass on Friday, Feb. 6, at
3 p.m.. Later that evening, all will be treated to the pianism of Dr. Ian
Hominick, Professor of Piano at the University of Mississippi. Hailing from
Nova Scotia, Dr. Hominick has studied with renowned virtuosi Jerome Rose and
Earl Wild. He will present a glorious recital including works by Ravel and
Thalberg at 7:30 p.m.. The Halifax Chronicle-Herald described his playing as
exhibiting "flash, splash and panache." Regularly heard on public radio, he
enjoys a career performing throughout the United States and Canada. Also
active as a recording artist, he will release a CD of lesser-known composers of
piano music later this year. Dr. Hominick will conclude his participation with
the Foothills Piano Festival by offering an exciting masterclass to JSU's
college pianists on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.. All are welcome to witness
these piano students performing and receiving a public lesson.
Concluding the Festival will be a recital featuring the young pianists of our
community. Youth of various ages who study with teachers of the Northeast
Alabama Music Teachers Association will demonstrate their development on the
hall's Steinway concert grand at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7.
information about the events, please contact Dr. Wendy Faughn at ext. 8258.