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Piano Concert Featuring Authority on African-Influenced Music to Perform

March 7, 2012

Averett University's annual Julian and Elnora Light Memorial Concert Series will feature a performance by pianist William Chapman Nyaho at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in Pritchett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Chapman Nyaho is considered one of the foremost authorities on African-influenced piano music. He has released two solo albums – "SENKU: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent" and "ASA: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent" and compiled and edited a five-volume graded anthology "Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora."

In addition to touring the U.S., Chapman Nyaho's performances have taken him to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He has performed as a soloist with various orchestras including the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He has also been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana, Switzerland and on Performance Today on NPR.

He is a regular guest clinician whose lecture-recitals and workshops advocate music by composers of African heritage. He served on several national committees for music including the Music Teachers' National Association and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also been a juror for competitions in North America, Europe and Africa.

A Ghanaian American, Chapman Nyaho received a bachelor of arts degree from the Honour School of Music at St. Peter's College, Oxford University (UK). He received a master of music degree from the Eastman School of Music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Geneve, Switzerland and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about Chapman Nyaho's March 13 concert call 434-791-5620.