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Brenda Wristen, Piano Performance

The Poetic Piano: From Despair to Exultation

7:30 pm
Kimball Recital Hall
1113 R St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: KRH
Brian Reetz, (402) 472-6865,
Dr. Brenda Wristen, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy in the Glenn Korff School of Music, will present a piano recital Tuesday January 28, 2020 at 7:30 pm in Kimball Recital Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln downtown campus. The program, “The Poetic Piano: From Despair to Exultation,” will feature deeply evocative works that demonstrate the wide expressive range of the piano. Mozart’s passionate Sonata in C Minor K. 457, one of only two piano sonatas the composer wrote in a minor key, is full of contrasts and conveys a strong sense of tension and struggle that foreshadow the mature works of Beethoven. Beethoven’s great Op. 110 sonata, composed in his late period, is both profound and transcendental, unfolding organically in manner that belies sonata form. This expansive work features haunting, expressive melodies and harmonic language, and a long narrative arc that is quintessentially Romantic in conception even as it hearkens back to the past in its inclusion of a large double fugue. The recital will close with the virtuosic and coloristic Pour le piano suite by Debussy.

Dr. Brenda Wristen is Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy in the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she directs the piano pedagogy and keyboard skills programs. Additionally, she is founder and director of the Community Piano Experience, an outreach program offering beginning and intermediate class piano instruction for adult recreational pianists.

Dr. Wristen’s research focuses on musician occupational health issues, with particular interests in university music student health states and behaviors, the biomechanics of piano technique, and addressing the challenges of small-handed pianists. Her groundbreaking book Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists, co-authored with Dr. Lora Deahl, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. Dr. Wristen’s research articles have been published in American Music Teacher, Medical Problems of Performing Artists, UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, Music Education Research, Clavier, Keyboard Companion, and Piano Pedagogy Forum. Dr. Wristen is a frequent presenter at conferences and meetings of state, national, and international organizations, including Music Teachers National Association, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the College Music Society, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the International Society for Music Education. She has been invited to present her work in a number of countries, including Italy, Serbia, China, Greece, and Scotland, and her publications have been cited by hundreds of scholars working in more than 100 different countries. Her research has also been recognized with several awards, most notably the Discoveries and Breakthroughs inside Science Award from the Human Ergonomics Society and the American Institute of Physics. Her students hold numerous teaching positions throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe, and South America. In addition to her teaching and research activities, Dr. Wristen is an active clinician, adjudicator, and performer. Recent performances include the premiere of Nebraska Songbook by Dr. Gregory Simon and a faculty guest soloist performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor with the UNL Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Wristen holds the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts with a major in piano pedagogy from Texas Tech University, where she was the recipient of the DeWitt/Jones Doctoral Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Fellowship. She received the Master of Music degree from Texas Tech University and the Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from Lubbock Christian University. Dr. Wristen is a member of Sigma Xi Research Society and the Alpha Chi, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Kappa Phi national honor societies. Her professional affiliations include Music Teachers National Association, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, The College Music Society, the International Society for Music Education, Nebraska Music Teachers Association, and Lincoln Music Teachers Association.

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