Guest Pianist Performs Bach, Debussy, Chopin and More on April 21

Guest Pianist Performs Bach, Debussy, Chopin and More on April 21

4/11/13 ASHLAND, Ohio - Ashland University Department of Music will present a guest artist recital with pianist Michelle Cann on Sunday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall located in the Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

Cann’s program will begin with Johann S. Bach’s Partita no. 1 in B-flat Major, BMV 825, followed by Claude Debussy’s Images, Book I; and Elinor Remick Warren’s Concert Transcriptions of Three Stephen Foster Melodies including “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” “Beautiful Dreamer” and “De Camptown Races.” After a brief intermission, Cann will conclude with Frederic Chopin’s Sonata no. 3, op. 58.

Beginning her studies on piano at the age of seven, Michelle Cann has since placed in various state, national and international competitions including the Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, the International Russian Piano Music Competition, the Gilmore Piano Foundation Competition and the Blount Young Artists National Competition.

At the age of 12 she appeared on NPR station WUSF 89.7 Tampa/St. Petersburg with her sister Kimberly, also a concert pianist, and later had the opportunity to perform on the nationally broadcasted radio show, From the Top, hosted by pianist, Christopher O’ Riley. She also was featured as the premier performance on WRTI 90.1 Philadelphia's new series, In Recital. She made her orchestral debut at the age of 14 and has been invited to perform with various orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, Tampa Bay Symphony, Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra.

Most recently, Cann was selected to perform with current students and alumni including Roberto Diaz, president of the Curtis Institute of Music in both Beijing and Shanghai, China, and Seoul, Korea. She also was invited to perform Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the New Jersey Symphony last March. Cann received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is currently a student of Robert McDonald at the Curtis Institute of Music.

For more information about this guest artist recital and other music department performances, visit or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950 or   

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###