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10/18/2005 Four-hand piano recital set at Linfield

McMINNVILLE – A pair of pianists will perform four-hand and two-piano works during a concert Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield College.

Rhonda Ringering, Linfield staff accompanist and adjunct professor of piano, and Molly Wheeler, a 1997 graduate of Linfield, will perform music by Gabriel Fauré, Erik Satie, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The two specialize in classical, jazz and dance music, and have performed together at venues including The Ernest Bloch Music Festival Two-Piano Institute, The Forest Grove Chamber Music Series and the Aladdin Theatre.

Ringering has released two CDs, "Oregon Impressions: The Original Piano Music of Dave Deason" and "Made in America," and has recently finished a third, "Lullaby for Innocence" for composer Dana Carlile. An active chamber music and solo artist, Ringering has performed extensively at locations such as Linfield, Broderick Gallery Series and the Old Church. She has played with the Central Oregon Symphony and Oregon Chamber Players and frequently performs cabaret with tenor Ron Harman. She maintains a private piano studio in Forest Grove.

Wheeler received a master of music in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. In 1996, while still a student at Linfield, she collaborated with classmate Molly Nichols as the duo "The Mollys," performing four-hand piano duets throughout the Northwest. She has spent two summers at the Music Academiè Franco-Americaine in Provence, France, where she studied and performed chamber music and piano duets. Prior to her graduate studies, she taught piano at the Southwest Music School in Beaverton and was keyboardist for Southminster Presbyterian Church. She teaches piano in her Southwest Portland studio.

The concert is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in Jonasson Hall, lower level of Melrose Hall. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.