Faculty Piano Recital by Bethel Balge
Bethany Lutheran College is pleased to host Bethel Balge in a Faculty Piano Recital on Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m. Included in the program will be Beethoven’s Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op 81a (“Les Adieux”) and Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata Op. 22. In the second portion of the program Mrs. Balge will be joined by Beth Winterfeld performing Olivier Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen (for two pianos).The recital is free and the public is warmly invited to attend. It will be presented in Trinity Chapel on Bethany’s campus.
Bethel Balge studied piano performance with Professor Herbert Seidel at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik und darstellende Kunst, part of the University of Frankfurt. In 1994 the Hochschule granted her a Diplom and by invitation of the Hochschule faculty board of examiners, Balge continued her studies at the Konzertexam level, the terminal program of the German university system.
From 1983-1987 Balge studied with Ralph Votapek at Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Music in piano performance. The College of Arts and Letters recognized her with the Louis B. Sudler Award, given to the senior "who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the creative or performing arts while at Michigan State University." In addition to the Hochschule Diplom, she also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin after study with Howard Karp. She was a teacher's assistant for two years at UW, teaching piano class and private piano lessons.
In addition to appearances in the American Midwest, Balge has performed in Germany, Portugal (Porto International Piano Competition), and Russia (concert with the Veronisch Philharmonic).
Balge teaches piano, piano pedagogy, and piano literature courses at Bethany Lutheran College and piano at Martin Luther College.
The recital is free and open to the public.