Arts and Humanities

UWF Dr. Grier Williams School of Music presents the Piano Celebration – Mozart and Beyond

The UWF Dr. Grier Williams School of Music will present the Piano Celebration on Saturday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the Rolfs Music Hall at the Center for Fine & Performing Arts, Building 82, on the Pensacola campus.

In 2007, due to the generous gift of Helen Wentworth, the UWF Department of Music became a “Steinway School.” At that time, UWF was only the second University with this distinction in the state of Florida. In 2021, the Dr. Grier Williams School of Music received an Imperial Bösendorfer as part of a generous legacy gift from Dr. Herman Emil & Valerie Wawrzyniak Rolfs. These remarkable donors have given these music students great tools for growth as musicians for generations to come.

In honor of Helen and Warren Wentworth, the department initiated an Annual Steinway Piano Showcase and the celebration has become a popular annual event in the community. We continue this tradition with the annual piano celebration of the gift and showcasing the incredible work of our piano majors.

For this year’s celebration, the talented pianists from the studios of Dr. Hedi Salanki-Rubardt and Mr. Blake Riley will perform a program including works by Mozart, Schubert, Ginastera, Albeniz, Bartok, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, as well as others.

Since becoming an All-Steinway School many of these piano students moved on to continue their studies at top graduate music programs such as the Cleveland Institute of Music, Florida State University, Belmont University, Louisiana State University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Tennessee, Michigan State University and Montclair University, to name a few.

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285.