John Mortensen, pianist and professor of music at Cedarville University, will present a concert at Kalamazoo College on Thursday, January 30. The event is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature Mortensen’s original improvisations of works by Domenico Scarlatti (Sonatas), Robert Schumann (selections from Davidsbündlertänze), Sergei Rachmaninoff (Selected Preludes), and Astor Piazzolla (Tangos). The concert begins at 7:30 P.M. in Dalton Theatre in K’s Light Fine Arts Building.
In addition to the concert, Mortensen will teach a master class culminating in performances by K students. Those performances will occur at 4 PM on January 30 in Dalton Theatre.
In addition to his work as a concert pianist, composer, and teacher, Mortensen performs and teaches Irish and American roots music, playing mandolin, octave mandolin, Irish flute, Irish button accordion, five-string banjo, Uilleann pipes, and Irish whistle. He leads The Demerits, Cedarville University’s premier roots ensemble, and he created America’s only college-level traditional Irish music session class.