WWU’s Sanford-Hill Piano Series Hosts Spencer Myer Feb. 17

Western Washington University’s Sanford-Hill Piano Series presents internationally-acclaimed pianist Spencer Myer for the second of three concerts in the 2016-17 lineup at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 17 in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Myer will perform Haydn, Ravel, Chopin, and Bolcom in the 640-seat hall on the Steinway dedicated to series co-founder and WWU emeritus music professor, Ford Hill.

Lauded for “superb playing” and “poised, alert musicianship” by The Boston Globe and labeled “definitely a man to watch” by London’s The Independent, Myer includes in his current season debuts with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Macon Symphony Orchestra and Ohio’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, as well as re-engagements with New York City’s Park Avenue Chamber Symphony and the Bozeman, Springfield, Traverse and Wyoming symphony orchestras.

Myer’s career was launched with three important prizes: First Prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition in South Africa, the 2006 Christel DeHaan Classical Fellowship from the American Pianists Association and the Gold Medal from the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition. Myer’s recital appearances have been presented in New York City’s Weill Recital Hall, 92nd Street Y and Steinway Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and London’s Wigmore Hall, while many of his performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York City), WHYY (Philadelphia), WCLV (Cleveland) and WFMT (Chicago).

The Sanford-Hill Piano Series was founded in 2002 to provide access to professional pianists from around the world for the students of Western Washington University and the greater community. The series has hosted established pianists and rising stars including Ian Parker, Orion Weiss, Charlie Albright, Di Wu, The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo, Jonathan Biss, and Beatrice Rana.

Tickets for the Feb. 17 concert are $17-42 with discounts for students with ID. Ticket proceeds benefit piano scholarships at WWU. More information about the performers, reservations, and parking information are available at wwu.edu/sanfordhill, or at (360) 650-2829.