The piano duo of Alex McDonald and Catharine Lysinger will present a guest recital at Baylor University on Monday, September 11, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall.
Dr. McDonald serves on the faculty at Texas Woman’s University, having previously taught at Richland College as well as at the Juilliard School. He received his pre-college training under Lois Nielson, his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin.
Dr. Lysinger is professor of practice at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, where she teaches piano pedagogy and applied piano. She is also head of the piano pedagogy area and director of the Piano Preparatory Department. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Southwestern University and her Master of Music degree and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston.
Alex McDonald and Catharine Lysinger will open their program with Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Op. 56a, by German composer Johannes Brahms. This work, composed in 1873, consists of a theme based on Haydn’s “Chorale St Antoni,” eight variations, and a finale.
Next, the duo will play Dr. McDonald’s arrangement of music from Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s 1910 ballet, The Firebird.
Following intermission, the McDonald and Lysinger Piano Duo will play an arrangement by Victor Babin of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530.
Two well-known French orchestral works will conclude the program, in their settings for two pianos. The Danse Macabre, Op. 40, of Camille Saint-Saëns dates from 1874, and Maurice Ravel’s La Valse was written in 1920.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.