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Humanities on the Hill presents: International pianist in concert

September 14, 2016 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
The community is invited to join the University of Pikeville for a concert featuring international pianist Nada on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m., in Booth Auditorium.

The concert will feature musical selections from Nada’s repertoire including Johannes Brahms.

“Nada is an artist of international caliber,” said Phillip Westgate, DMA, professor of music at UPIKE. “She has performed on the world of music stage and been recognized for excellence.”

A native of Beirut, Lebanon, Nada’s early piano training was hampered by unrelenting civil war and terrorism. Her family escaped to the mountains where Nada was mainly self-taught with a few books of music—the Bach inventions and the Chopin waltzes and polonaises—before going to Paris to pursue her musical studies. After only seven years of playing the piano, Nada was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, where she was noted as “a musician to her fingertips.”

After traveling and performing in France and throughout Europe, she arrived in the United States. Her career in the U.S. evolved with outreach programs in schools and concerts in intimate settings in the European salon format. A pioneer, she traveled with a piano on a truck, introducing classical music to rural and mountain communities, hospital patients and prison populations, through solo and ensemble performances.

She has been invited to perform as a soloist by established concert series, as well as orchestras in the U.S., Europe, Middle East, Canada, Australia and Japan, which included prestigious events for the Ministry of France and the president of the United States.

Nada performed multiple live broadcasts and currently hosts her own series, “The Classical Hour,” on She also hosts and performs at the monthly Classical Hour Concert Series in Louisville, Ky., at the Clifton Center.

She has directed a concert series in New York City, featuring a wide variety of traditional repertoire as well as the music of Lebanese composer E. Rahbani and New York-based composer Eugene Marlowe.

The concert is part of the university’s yearlong Humanities of the Hill celebration and hosted by the division of humanities, department of music and experiential learning office. During her time on campus, Nada will present a lecture, titled “How music guides us to look for and reach the best in ourselves,” to a music class at noon in Chrisman Auditorium. The performance and lecture are free to the community. Everyone welcome. For more information, call (606) 218-5270.

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