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NMSU professor, pianist in recital

New Mexico State University associate professor and pianist Laura Spitzer will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at Atkinson Recital Hall in the NMSU Music Center.



New Mexico State University associate professor and pianist Laura Spitzer will perform a solo recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, in Atkinson Recital Hall in the NMSU Music Center. (Courtesy photo)

The program will include Chopin's "Nocturne" in B Major and Ballade No. 3, "Le Tombeau de Couperin" of Ravel and the "Appassionata" Sonata by Beethoven.

"These are all works that I feel strongly about," said Spitzer. "The first three works are very sunny music. The Beethoven expresses darkness, but in the context of great determination to find goodness and grace."

Spitzer has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Austria and Germany. The recipient of four touring grants from the Nevada State Council on the Arts and the Nevada Humanities Committee, and a Steinway artist, Spitzer traveled by truck with a Steinway in tow from 1984 to 2003, bringing classical music to rural communities and schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. She has been featured on ABC and NBC news in the U.S. and Canada, and in such publications as People, Time, Reader's Digest and Clavier magazines.

In 2000 Spitzer joined the faculty at New Mexico State University, where she serves as associate professor of music and pianist in residence.

Admission to the recital is free. For more information call 575-521-0919.