John Hamm Performing Arts Series: Alex McDonald
Pianist and Hamm Series alumnus Alex McDonald returns to the chapel stage on Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 PM in a performance featuring the religious works of Franz Lizst.
Pianist, teacher and scholar, Alex McDonald has quickly become a well-known name in performance both nationally and abroad. Since his orchestral debut at age 11, Alex has been featured with several major symphonies including the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has been featured on PBS, WRR, NPR, and WQXR and has received countless awards for his performances. As a passionate chamber musician, McDonald is now the Festival Director for the chamber music summer series Basically Beethoven in Dallas, TX; his recent program "Music for Animals" was hailed by Theater Jones as one of its "Concerts of the Year" for 2016. He brings to each performance a passion for wholistic education and instruction, providing a basis for informed practice and thorough knowledge of the story behind each note performed. He has taught at Texas Woman’s University, Richland College as well as at the Juilliard School, where he also was a Teaching Fellow for both the Literature and Materials and Piano Minor departments. Texas Music Teacher’s Association recently awarded him the 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award in teaching. He is a masterful musician devoted to the well-rounded formation of students as he continues to serve both as an R.A. in the Juilliard residence hall and as president of Juilliard Christian Fellowship.