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Renowned Irish pianist performs music by Irish composers

Monday, March 5, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A renowned Irish pianist and champion of Irish composers will present a recital March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Brodbeck Music Hall at Hood College.

Una Hunt, regarded as one of the leading advocates of the music of her country, will perform a program that includes works by John Field, Francis Panormo, Fanny Robinson, E.J. Moeran, W.V. Wallace, and Joan Trimble. Pianist Noel Lester, concert manager and professor of music at Hood, will join her for several works for piano duet and two pianos.

Hunt has played recital programs in Britain, Ireland and the United States and has toured throughout Europe with her sister, Fionnuala, a violinist. She has appeared in concert and on television with notable soloists such as flautist James Galway and violist Bruno Giuranna, and is a member of Triantán Piano Trio.

She has made a number of world-premiere recordings of music by Irish composers, including "The Music of Joan Trimble," "Complete Piano Music of E. J. Moeran," "Shower of Pearls, the Music of George Alexander Osborne," "Fallen Leaves from an Irish Album" and "My Gentle Harp," the complete collection of Moore's Irish Melodies. In addition, she has produced many radio and documentary programs on Irish music, including a six-program series on Moore's Irish Melodies.

Hunt earned a doctorate in performance from National University of Ireland Maynooth and was awarded a three-year artist's bursary by the Arts Council of Ireland to further her work on historic Irish composers. For services to the performing arts, she received an honorary doctorate of music from Queens University Belfast in 2007.

The concert is free and no tickets are required.

For more information, contact Lester at (301) 696-3429.