"A Grand Piano Celebration" will be presented at George Mason University (GMU) on Sunday, Sept. 18. Dr. Linda Apple Monson, a gifted pianist who has lived in Fairfax Station for many years, is the guest of honor and the featured artist.
“I’m looking forward to it. It will be so much fun,” Monson said.
Last spring, Monson received an extraordinary tribute. From the stage of George Mason’s Center for the Arts, Dean William Reeder announced that an anonymous donor had given $100,000 to establish a scholarship fund in Monson’s name at the School of Music.
The Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund recognizes her contributions as a pianist, a teacher, an administrator and a leader. She is the Director of Keyboard Studies at Mason, the School of Music's Associate Director for Academic Affairs and an International Steinway Artist.
“A Grand Piano Celebration” is the university’s groundbreaking effort to match the $100,000 donated by the anonymous benefactor. Monson is “very excited” about this concert, which will begin in the Concert Hall at 3:00 p.m.
The performance showcases the talents of faculty and students. It also highlights the versatility of that “grande dame” of instruments, the piano. Students will perform pieces by Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms and Albeniz. In addition, two doctoral candidates will play a virtuoso duo-piano work (two pianists at two Steinway grands).
Monson will also perform several dramatic solo piano works by Spanish composers. She will collaborate with John Aler, a Grammy-winning tenor, on works by Schubert, as well as noted jazz trombonist Harry Watters in an new composition by Don Bowyer.
In the grand finale, the Concert Hall will rock to a phenomenal piano ensemble. Monson and five distinguished pianists will play “Stars and Stripes Forever” on three Steinway grands.
If you are interested in attending “A Grand Piano Celebration,” please visit their website.