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Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne

WEST LIBERTY – West Liberty University welcomes Dr. Harsha Abeyaratne to campus this Sunday, November 20 as a guest artist. Abeyaratne is a pianist and professor at Muskingum College.

The concert takes place at 4 p.m. Sunday at College Hall and is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Abeyaratne, who recently performed at Carnegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall), will present an exciting and colorful program of piano masterpieces by Liszt, Beethoven, Debussy, Granados and Chopin,” said Dr. Gerald Lee, piano teacher at WLU and full-time faculty member since 2002.

With reviews such as “poetic” and “passionate,” Sri Lankan-American pianist Harsha Abeyaratne enjoys an active career as a teacher, solo pianist and collaborating pianist.

Currently Associate Professor of Music at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio, he has performed at venues including St. Martin’s in the Fields in London, England; the Baha’i Worship Center in Chicago; Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Blue Lake, Michigan; the Gansu Grand Theater in Lanzhou, China; Graves Recital Hall in Columbus, Ohio; Lionel Wendt Theater in Colombo, Sri Lanka; Interharmony International Festival in Arcidosso, Italy; and Carnegie Hall, once in December 2012 and again in October this year.

On sabbatical this semester, her work includes a recording session with sound engineer Steve Bodner and recitals at Graves Recital Hall in Columbus, Carnegie Hall in New York, Texas A&M University at Commerce and West Liberty University.

Additionally, he is the recipient of the 2010 Ball State University School of Music Alumni Achievement Citation Award and multiple Muskingum Faculty Fellowships, which have allowed him to perform in New York, China, and Italy. He holds two undergraduate degrees from Lewis and Clark College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in music from Ball State University where he studied with the late Ann Miller and Robert Palmer, respectively.

WLU’s Department of Music and Drama is housed within the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. It offers the Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance, the Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, and the Bachelor of Music Technology. Students can also choose to minor in music.

For complete information, contact the Music Department at 304-336-8061.

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