Wayne State College


Piano Duo: Music by Women

  • September 20, 2021
  • 7:30 pm
  • Ley Theatre, Brandenburg Education Building

Featuring Dr. Angela Miller-Niles and Shelly Armstrong on piano. The concert will also be livestreamed.

Shelly Armstrong and Angela Miller-Niles

Musical compositions for two pianos are rare. Two-piano works by female composers are even more uncommon. The Wayne State College concert Piano Duo: Music by Women pays tribute to gifted female composers. Featured pianists include Dr. Angela Miller-Niles, professor of piano and Music Department chair, and Shelly Armstrong, WSC staff accompanist.

The concert is free and open to the public and will also be livestreamed.

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“Compositions for two pianos have always sparked my interest,” explains Miller-Niles. “Through research, I uncovered masterful compositions by women which simply haven’t been heard enough. This concert brings some of these little-known gems to light.”

Repertoire includes "Fantasia on Waltzing Matilda" by Miriam Hyde (Australian, 1913-2015), "Danza a media noche" by Dana Suesse (American, 1911-1987), and "Piano Concerto no. 1" by Zara Levina (Soviet/Jewish, 1906-1976). Hyde’s composition is an exuberant production colored by the well-known tune "Waltzing Matilda." Suesse is often called the female George Gershwin. Translated as “dance at midnight,” her work is a rumba for two pianos, with four hands. The Levina selection is a kaleidoscopic journey of powerful, sweeping chords; supple, expressive runs; and sharp, lyrical rhythms.

For more information, contact the WSC Department of Music at 402-375-7359.