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Roche Guest Artist Series begins tonight

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Roche Guest Artist Series at Mercyhurst University launches its 29th season with a recital by violinist Rachel Stegeman and pianist David Allen Wehr on Monday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m.

The pair – both faculty members of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University – will perform Tartini’s Devil's Trill Sonata, Grieg’s Sonata in C minor (no. 3), Ravel’s Tzigane and Prokofiev’s Sonata in D major for Piano and Violin. Stegeman will hold a masterclass for Mercyhurst music students on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 12:45 p.m. Both events are in Walker Recital Hall and are free and open to the public.

Stegeman, who began her violin studies at the age of 8, had extremely successful careers in the Washington, D.C., area and on the West Coast, including extensive work in the film, television and recording industries, before relocating to Pittsburgh in 2002. Today she is an adjunct instructor at Duquesne, from which she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music. She is also concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony and Youngstown Symphony, associate concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra and Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, and a frequent performer with the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Wehr holds the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair at Duquesne, where his current performance project is "Schubert on the Bluff." His more than 1,300 concerts around the world include 13 seasons of touring the U.S. and Canada for Community Concerts, both as recitalist and as pianist with the Sartory Trio. He has amassed a large and critically acclaimed discography with Connoisseur Society, including the complete Beethoven Sonata Cycle.

This year’s Roche Series will also include performances by Tabla for Two (featuring Masood Omari and Abigail Adams Greenway with guest dancer Sofya Savkina) on Nov. 6; the Pittsburgh Brass on March 26; and flutist Cobus du Toit and pianist Doreen Lee on April 9.

Since its founding in 1988, the Roche Guest Artist Series has introduced local audiences to a unique mix of acclaimed traditional soloists and chamber ensembles, along with specialized performers and lecturers in areas including contemporary music, jazz, Renaissance, Baroque, world music and music therapy. These presentations continue to be offered to the public at no charge, thanks to the generous support of the Terry and Margaret M. Roche Family

For more information, contact Dr. Nathan Hess, chair of the D’Angelo Department of Music at Mercyhurst and coordinator of the Roche Series, at 814-824-2576 or