Leljack has also played with several orchestras around the world and is a well-sought after judge in international piano competitions, said Dr. Wendy Faughn, a professor at Jacksonville State University and the founder of the piano festival. He is also the president of both the World Piano Conference and the European Piano Teachers Association.
This year’s series is a change from past series, which had featured three consecutive days of performances. The concerts and master classes have now been spaced out across several months.
“We thought there needed to be more opportunity for people to hear serious piano repertoire,” Faughn said of the series. “We have piano involved so much in our society, but we have a body of piano literature that is only played by a few that go that far in their studies.”
Along with tonight’s performance, the series also includes:
• A master class with Leljack on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m.
• A master class given by JSU music faculty and a recital featuring young pianists on Nov. 20.
• A JSU faculty recital on Jan. 7.
• A recital by pianist Dr. Robert Palmer on Feb. 11 and a master class with Palmer the following day.
Tonight’s recital begins at 7 p.m. at the Mason Hall Performance Center on the second floor of Mason Hall on the JSU campus. All recitals and master classes are free and open to the public. For more information, call Faughn at 256-782-8258.