Foothills Piano Festival Slated for Nov. 9


The annual JSU Foothills Piano Festival will feature Dr. Jennifer Hayghe of the University of Colorado, on Nov. 9th at 7:30 p.m. in the Mason Hall Performance Center. Hayghe's presentation is titled "The Art of Music...and the Music of Art," and will showcase music by J.S. Bach, Enrique Granados, Claude Debussy and Modeste Mussorgsky, and art by Paul Klee, Francisco Goya, Jean-Antoine Watteau and Michele Tremaine.

This multimedia presentation will show how music has inspired art and art has inspired music. For example, Paul Klee was inspired by the music of J.S Bach. Additionally, Goya's tapestry cartoons inspired Granados’ suite “Goyescas,” and Watteau's painting L'Embarquement pour Cythère was the inspiration for Debussy’s “L’Isle Joyeuse.” The cycle completes itself with the a performance of Mussorgsky's “Pictures” (inspired by a memorial exhibition of the works of his friend, Hartmann) accompanied by a silent film of over 50 original paintings by artist Michele Tremaine that were inspired by the pianist's performance of the work. Without words, the new paintings will tell the stunning story of the epic cycle originally composed for the piano. Pianist Jennifer Hayghe recorded “Pictures” on her commercially released CD "Paintings From the Piano" on the Centaur label and has performed them to critical acclaim for many years. 

For more information about this event, please contact Dr. Wendy Freeland at or 256-782-8258. This event is free and open to the public.