The Fairmont State University Community Orchestra will be having a concert at 3:00 p.m. November 3 in Colebank Hall. , Directed by Jack Ashton with piano soloist Paul-Andrè Bempèchat, the program will include Hebridges (Fingal’s Cave) Overture, Op. 26 by Felix Mendelssohn, Petite Suite by Claude Debussy (Orchestrated by Henri Busser),  Symphony No. 90 by Joseph Haydn and Piano Concerto No. 25, KV 503 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.


A graduate of the Juilliard School, the Sorbonne, and Boston University, Paul-Andrè Bempèchat’s career has been both pianistic and academic.  His recital tours of the three final Sonatas of Beethoven and Schubert have signaled him as one of the leading interpreters of the first Viennese school, and he is currently preparing the entire cycle of Mozart concerti for performances and recordings in the years to come. He has performed at venues such as the Berlin, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Bucharest and Belgrade Philharmonics, as well as the Holland, Vienna and Caramoor Festivals.   Dr. Bempèchat also specializes in French impressionism and is the author of the first biography of the eclectic Breton impressionist Jean Cras  (Ashgate, 2009); in 2015 he will release the complete piano works of Cras for Danacord Records, Copenhagen.  From his base at Harvard’s Center for European Studies he conducts his research and publishing; he is currently writing his next book, The Music of Nationalism, and preparing a series of 18 online lectures as course on Jewish composers of the nineteenth century for the Elie Wiesel Institute in Paris.



Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4219.



FSUNow Stories

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fairmont State University’s Department of Art attended the West Virginia Art Education Association conference in Morgantown in October. Faculty members Jeff Greenham and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune staffed a mobile vendor cart and student Ty Collins presented a painting session. Yerdon LeJeune presented shaped canvas and silk screen printing sessions. At the awards dinner, Kylie Ford won the WVAEA Student Achievement in Art Education Award and Jennifer Yerdon LeJeune won the WVAEA Art Educator of the Year Award.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Students from Fairmont State University’s “The Art of Storytelling” course have the opportunity to present storytelling programming for the community.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the documentary “Miss Representation” addresses how mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America.

A local screening of “Miss Representation” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the Fairmont State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public. After the screening will be a faculty panel discussion led by Dr. Francene Kirk, Abelina Suarez Professor of Communication and Theatre.

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