Daniel Sternberg and Michael Ard to Perform at Baylor Jan. 18

Jan. 12, 1999

by Richard Veit

Daniel Sternberg, dean emeritus of the School of Music, and Michael Ard, professor of keyboard studies, will present "An Evening of Music for Two Pianos, Four Hands" at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in Baylor University's Roxy Grove Hall.

This faculty recital will open with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Adagio and Fugue in C minor" and then Claude Debussy's early "Symphony."

The "Variations on a Theme by Haydn," composed by Johannes Brahms in 1873, is most often heard in its version for orchestra. However, Sternberg and Ard will perform the work in its original setting for two pianos.

After intermission, the pianists will perform the "Romance" movement from Sergei Rachmaninoff's Suite No. 2 which will be followed by the "Élégie en accords alternés" by Francis Poulenc.

Concluding the program will be the familiar "Polka and Fugue" from Jaromir Weinberger's opera "Schwanda, the Bagpiper."

Sternberg was Baylor's first Dean of the School of Music, serving in that capacity from 1943 to 1980. He was also conductor of the Waco Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, beginning in 1962.

Ard has been a member of the Baylor music faculty since 1968. He holds degrees from Morningside College Conservatory of Music (BM), Indiana University (MM) and the University of Arizona (DMA).

In addition to the six musical works, the recital will feature commentary by Sternberg. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991.

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