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Benefit recital Sunday

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By Special to the Monitor

The public is invited to attend Michael Zenge’s benefit piano recital at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fuller Lodge. A $5 donation per adult will be appreciated. The proceeds from the concert will help the Los Alamos Music Teachers defray the cost of hosting the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico’s Conference, which will be held in November in Los Alamos.Zenge will perform Haydn’s “Sonata in A-flat, Hob. XVI/46,” “Capriccio in B minor, Op. 76, No.2,” “Intermezzo in E major, Op. 116, No. 4,” “Capriccio in D Minor, Op. 116, No. 7,” all by Brahms; “Poems at the Sea,” by Block; “Ballade in the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Folk Song, Op. 24,” by Grieg; “Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op. 22,” by Chopin.Michael Zenge has appeared as a soloist and accompanist throughout the U.S. He has performed in Weill and Merkin Recital Halls in New York, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., as well in Berlin, Munich, Salzburg and Southeast Asia. Zenge also has been heard on Bavarian and Austrian radio networks.In 1999, in Chapel Hill, N.C., and again in 2003 in Albuquerque, Zenge performed the complete solo sonatas of Mozart in series of four monthly recitals.Now living in Albuquerque, he was formerly the professor of music at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he taught piano as well as courses in the history of keyboard and art song literature and master classes in German art song.He held a Bowman and Gordon Grey Professorship in recognition of outstanding undergraduate teaching, the first awarded to a member of the university’s fine arts division.From 1981-1997, Zenge spent the summer months as an artist-in-residence at the Franz-Schubert-Institute, Baden-bei-Wien, Austria, teaching Lieder accompanying and interpretation. He was a senior Fulbright lecturer in both piano and Lieder interpretation at the National Institute of the Arts in Taipei, Taiwan, and in 1993, was an NEH Fellow at the Aston Magna Academy in Schubert studies.Zenge received his musical education at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Illinois, Salzburg’s Akademie Mozararteum, and a Fulbright grantee, at the Hochschule fr Musik in Munich, Germany. His principal teachers were Emil Danenberg, Howard Karp, Erik Werba and Edna Golandsky.The Los Alamos Arts Council is sponsoring the concert Sunday.