Dr. Abigail Mace, assistant professor of music and director of the Music Preparatory Department at OBU will perform in concert Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The event is part of the Division of Music’s “Beethoven 250” series, honoring the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. Mace will perform selections from both Haydn and Beethoven.
Admission is free, but reservations must be made in advance to facilitate physical distancing.
Attendees will enjoy solo piano music ranging from introspective and soulful to brilliant and extravagant. Mace will perform, “Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6” by Haydn, as well as “Bagatelle Op. 126, No. 6;” “32 Variations in C Minor, WoO 80;” and “Sonata Op. 53 in C Major, ‘Waldstein’” from Beethoven.
Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Haydn are linked through one of Beethoven’s great patrons, Count Ferdinand Ernst Gabriel von Waldstein. This recital will explore that connection through works of both masters.
Mace has performed in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada, throughout the United States, and live on Wisconsin Public Radio. As a Fulbright Fellow, she studied historical performance at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague from 2010-2011. She is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, serving frequently as an adjudicator, clinician and presenter. She has been featured as a guest artist in piano at the University of Alabama, Lawrence Conservatory, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, among others.
Mace earned a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from Vanderbilt University. She then earned both a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts, both in piano performance, from the University of Texas at Austin. While studying at UT, she held a graduate teaching assistantship in piano and won the Outstanding Doctor of Musical Arts Lecture Recital award.