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10/2/2007 "Shall We Dance" theme of piano concert

McMINNVILLE – Two pianists with Linfield College connections will present a duo concert, “Shall We Dance?” on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium, in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Rhonda Ringering, adjunct professor of music, and Molly Wheeler, a 1997 Linfield graduate, will perform a program featuring four-hand and two-piano works, specializing in music that embraces both the classical, jazz and dance forms.

A pre-concert lecture by Jill Timmons, Linfield professor of music and former instructor of both performers, will begin at 7 p.m.

Ringering and Wheeler first appeared together at the Ernest Bloch Music Festival Two-Piano Institute in June 2003 and since then have appeared in the Forest Grove Chamber Music Series, the Sherman and Clay Concert Series and on the radio station KBPS 89.9.

Ringering, who is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Pacific University, has released three CDs, “Oregon Impressions: The Original Piano Music of Dave Deason,” “Made in America” and “A Lullaby for Innocence.” She has appeared several times with Oregon Chamber Players and performs piano and vocal cabaret with Ron Harman.

Wheeler holds degrees from Linfield and the University of Oklahoma and also studied for two summers in Provence, France, at the Music Academie Franco-Americaine. She has collaborated with several pianists, most notably with Molly Nichols in the duo “The Mollys,” and prior to her graduate studies, she was the accompanist for the Southminster Presbyterian Chamber Choir and the New World Singers. She has also held positions on the faculties of the Southwest Music School and the Portland Conservatory of Music.

For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.