NATCHITOCHES – Pianist Sonia Wheaton Dudley will perform at Northwestern State University Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.
Dudley will perform works by Benjamin Britten, Samuel Barber, Allan Gordon Bell, Nikolai Medtner and Sergei Rachmaninov.
A talented musician and enterprising professional, Dudley is an accomplished solo and chamber music performer active in Montreal, Canada. She presented Olivier Messiaen’s song cycle “Harawi” with mezzo-soprano Kristin Hoff at the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur in March 2015. Dudley is a founding member of Ensemble QAT, a quartet dedicated to new music. Ensemble QAT successfully won the support of the Montreal Arts Council in 2011, winning the prestigious Montreal Arts Council Tour. QAT was also invited to Montpellier, France in 2012 to perform prize-winning show “Birds,” a multi-media event featuring both improvised and written music. The Canada Council and the Quebec Arts Council both also funded QAT for several projects including a tribute to Messiaen and the concert tour in France.
Dudley has performed across Canada including concerts in Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. In addition to performing, she teaches classical piano at Université du Québec à Montréal. She also taught piano, chamber music and piano literature at the State University of New York at Potsdam from 2011-2014. A classically trained pianist, Dudley completed a Doctorate of Music in performance at the Université de Montréal.