School of Music director to present concert on campus

Milton Laufer, director of WCU’s School of Music, performs with his wife, vocalist Marina De Ratmiroff.

Milton Laufer, the new director of Western Carolina University’s School of Music, will present his debut campus concert Tuesday, Oct. 24.

The 7:30 p.m. performance will be in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Milton Laufer

Laufer, on piano, will be playing chamber music with his School of Music colleagues, including a set of three French songs by Franz Liszt on the poetry of Victor Hugo, with Laufer’s wife, Marina De Ratmiroff, soprano. In keeping with the French theme, he will perform Francis Poulenc’s “Trio for Oboe Bassoon and Piano” with Brian Seaton, oboe, and Will Peebles, bassoon.

Laufer will conclude with Mozart’s wind quintet, joined by Brian Seaton, oboe; Shannon Thompson, clarinet; Will Peebles, bassoon; and Travis Bennett, French horn.

Laufer began his role at WCU in July. A Chicago native, he began playing piano as a youth. His training includes studies at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Gnessin Institute, Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan and Rice University. Over the past several years, Laufer has performed in China, Germany, England, Spain and Colombia and in cities across the U.S. He is currently working on two recording projects – an album featuring piano and vocal works by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona and a recording of Latin works for cello and piano with Canadian cellist Nigel Boehm.

For more information about the performance, call the WCU School of Music at 828-227-7242.