Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Jan. 29, 2001

Bill Munson to perform piano recital Feb. 4

Bill Munson will present a piano recital Sunday, Feb. 4, 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Cokato.

Works by Bach, Mozart and Liszt will be included in his program, which will feature Franz Liszt's "Sonata in B Minor." This complex work was composed in the mid-19th century and was rarely performed during Liszt's lifetime (1811-1886).

Today, however, the "Sonata in B Minor" is considered a staple in the concert repertoire. It consists of a single long, continuous movement with many clearly definable sections which portray an incredible array of styles, running the gamut from deeply introspective to purely virtuosi. The range of emotions expressed within this work are thought by some to mirror the various aspects of Liszt's own personality.

Munson is a graduate of Howard Lake-Waverly High School and the University of Minnesota School of Music. He has studied piano extensively with Louise Guhl of Dassel, Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota, and Jim Johnson at Augsburg College.

Munson has participated in numerous musical groups and activities over the years, including solo appearances with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and on Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Companion.

The recital is free and open to the public.

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