February 9, 2010
Contact: Sara R. Leonard
Concert and Production Manager

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College Department of Music presents a recital of solo and chamber music works by Alissa Leiser, piano instructor at Amherst since 1998, on Sunday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the ArmsMusicCenter on campus. This concert is free and open to the public; seating is by general admission.

The concert celebrates the 200th birthdays of composers Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann, and the 200th anniversary of the death of Franz Josef Haydn. Leiser’s program includes Hadyn’s Sonata No. 60 in C Major, Schumann’s Humoreske, Op. 20, and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 66 featuring performances by Joel Pitchon and Volcy Pelletier from SmithCollege.

Leiser is a graduate of the JuilliardSchool and has performed at the Ravinia Festival, Alice Tully Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago. She has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony, the New Orchestra of Boston and Orchestra New England. Critics have praised Leiser’s playing, writing that she has “technical command to spare,” “crystalline articulation” and “maturity of communication.” She has studied with William Masselos, Carl Schachter and Leon Fleisher.

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