‘Summer Music on the Bluff’ Promises Classical Piano Pops

The Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University will host a classical piano pops performance during its first Summer Music on the Bluff concert on Saturday, July 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall. The concert will feature David Allen Wehr, the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair in the music school.

Wehr, who serves as artistic director for this concert as well as the music school's many composer-themed concert series, will perform solo numbers by Claude Debussy, George Gershwin and contemporary jazz pianist/composer Joe Utterback.

Saxophonist and Duquesne University Performance Chair James Houlik will join Wehr during the concert for two numbers, Ballad in Memory of Shirley Horn and Farewell Patagonia.

According to Wehr, Summer Music on the Bluff was put together due to popular demand from regular attendees of the music school's concert series. "A number of our patrons spoke to (School of Music) Dean Seth Beckman and told him that they really miss having concerts between February and September," said Wehr. "I think it's very nice that our audiences want more."

During the concert, Wehr will talk to audience members, sharing information about the pieces he will perform. "It will be a classical pops concert-something light, summer and cool. There will be many numbers that are familiar to people," said Wehr, who did many community concerts for general audiences in the past during his career. "I love playing this kind of program."

A reception will immediately follow the concert. Seating is reserved for Summer Music on the Bluff, and admission is $10. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.duq.edu/bluffmusic.

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