SUU Hosts Free Concert with Jensina Oliver

Southern Utah University’s Department of Music welcomes guest artist, Jensina Oliver, to campus on Monday, Feb 25, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the Thorley Recital Hall in SUU’s Music Building.

Known for her expressive and passionate performances, pianist Jensina Oliver has appeared as soloist and chamber musician in the United States, China, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, and Europe.

Oliver will bring to life music from preludes, nocturnes, and waltzes by Frédéric Chopin; the preludes by George Gershwin; and a sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven. SUU Music Professor, Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, will join Oliver on the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Darius Milhaud’s Scaramouche. This concert is free and open to the public.

Laura Lee, a sophomore piano performance major, shares, “I really like hearing guest artists perform because they make me think of new ideas for my own pieces. It is also interesting to learn from them in a master class and then to hear some of these concepts in recital.”  

Oliver earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Washington and has taught at Shoreline Community College since 1998.

Her performances with orchestra include appearances with the Hubei Provincial Orchestra of Wuhan, China, as well as concerts with the Utah Philharmonia, Orchestra of Southern Utah, Intermountain Chamber Orchestra, University of Washington Symphony, and University of Utah Symphony Orchestra. She was a national finalist of the MTNA Chamber Competition, was a resident artist at the Banff Chamber Music Festival, and has won several solos and concerto competitions throughout the United States.

Shayla Jessup, freshman piano performance major, explains, “Guest artist recitals and master classes give us a chance to converse one-on-one with professionals in the field, get feedback, and learn more about the industry.”

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Story by: Alexis J. Taylor
Photo by: IMBD