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Acclaimed Pianist Constance Carroll Featured in Master Series Recital and Class at University of Mobile

The University of Mobile Center for Performing Arts will present Constance Carroll in the University of Mobile Master Series piano recital Friday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in Moorer Auditorium on the university campus. Carroll will give a master class workshop the same day at noon.

Concert tickets are available from the Center for Performing Arts for $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students and are available in advance or at the door. To purchase tickets or for information about the master class, contact the Center for Performing Arts at 251.442.2420.

Carroll is a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist. As a Music Teachers National Association Foundation Fellow, Carroll has received excellence in teaching awards by Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association. She has recently performed with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Sinfonietta.

Following is an interview of Carroll by her former student, University of Mobile piano instructor Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva.

Q: What do you think about influences of church music to art form or concert music? On the program you are playing a work by Franz Liszt. Let us know your impressions of his primary interests in life, including influences from poetry, nature, and religion.

A: The 19th century produced a vast array of prodigiously gifted composers and performers who led extraordinary lives and who exerted powerful influences and changes in the music of their day. Franz Liszt was a fascinating and complex man and musician whose compositions range from the sacred to the worldly -- from the theatrical and rhapsodic to the fascinating ascetic output of his later years. First and foremost, Liszt was a lyrical tone poet, and I feel his interpreter should approach his music melodically and always with poetic expressiveness. Liszt's poetic imagination relied not only on poetry, religious
artworks, and his own spirituality, but also the world around him -- the beauty, sounds and wonders of nature, his travels in Italy and Switzerland in particular, and his love and appreciation of his friends, students and colleagues.

Q: Your thoughts about: how important is music in our life? Do you think music has the ability to influence our world from either a spiritual or inspirational aspect.

A: I cannot imagine a world devoid of music! Music gives meaning and joy to our lives, regardless of the genre. I think, every day, that no matter what is occurring in our private worlds or in the world at large, music is always there for us as a source of comfort, ecstasy, enjoyment and emotional richness.

Q: You are 76 today and have had a great career as professor, mentor and performing artist. What would be your some of your thoughts you could share with our students as they embark on a career in music?

A: To pursue a career in music means that one has the passion, desire and drive to pursue that goal above all others. To become a musician for life implies a willingness to study, practice, reflect, commit, and sacrifice. It is important to remember that there are many, many options available for a career in music, but regardless, one has to continue to nourish and broaden one's experience and knowledge by listening to music constantly. Seize every chance to go to a concert, attend a master class or workshop, listen to all kinds of music, not just music related to your instrument. Perform as often as possible for anyone or everyone who is willing to listen because performing is the best way to really learn more about the music you are studying.

Whether you end up playing in Carnegie Hall or teaching in the smallest rural village, you are always a musician and have the ability to enrich and improve the lives of everyone around you through sharing your love and knowledge of music.


The University of Mobile is a Christian university located in Mobile, Ala., on an 880-acre campus near Gulf Coast beaches. Approximately 1,800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Christian Studies, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Worship Ministries, Center for Performing Arts and Center for Adult Programs.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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