It’s almost officially winter. Time to slow down, settle in and look forward to abundant musical entertainment from Jacksonville State University from the comfort of your home. Look for the 2020 Virtual Foothills Piano Festival on www.jsu.edu/music and see the online collection which contains 34 videos including piano recitals and piano stories. The festival, now in its thirteenth year, was founded by Wendy Freeland, Professor of Music in the David L. Walters Department of Music. Freeland also directs the festival. It will be available online until the end of the year.
From the welcome by Thomas McCutchen, department head of the JSU Music Department, to the tour of the newly renovated Mason Hall conducted by Dr. Freeland and then the selections the pianists performed for the Foothills season, there is a great variety of works by composers and skill by the artists. The performances, rich in sound, are visibly exciting. The piano stories throughout the festival’s offerings are told by music faculty and department alumni who share their experiences in piano and the influence this instrument has had on their various careers.