Spedden releases classical piano CD


Huntington, Ind.— Dr. Patricia Spedden, Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies and Theory at Huntington College, has released a classical piano CD, In the Shelter of Your Presence. The arrangements in the collection combine a praise song with a more traditional hymn, both in the timeless setting of classical piano work.

The CD includes two sets of the nine arrangements, which Spedden arranged and performed. The first set is solo piano while the second set is solo piano enhanced with the sounds of ocean surf.

“It is my desire that this continuum of worship music will offer the listener comfort, hope, and inspiration,” said Spedden.

The tracks on Spedden’s CD include:

He Giveth More Grace / Cares Chorus (with Saint-Saëns’ The Swan)
You Are My Hiding Place (with Chopin’s Mazurka in A Minor, Op. 17, No. 4)
As the Deer / My Jesus, I Love Thee (with Debussy’s Arabesque No. 1 in E Major)
Seek Ye First / ’Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus (with Liszt’s Concert Etude No. 3 in Db Major)
Children of the Heavenly Father / When He Cometh (based on a Polish Christmas carol, Lullaby, Jesus, from Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 20)
I Am Bound for the Promised Land / Amazing Grace (with Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 in C# Minor [“Moonlight”])
Rejoice, the Lord Is King! / Sing Hallelujah! (In a style reminiscent of Johann Sebastian Bach)
Love Was When / O Love That Will Not Let Me Go (with Ave Maria by Bach-Gounod)
Saved, Saved / Jesus Is Calling (with Liszt’s Liebesträum No. 3 in Ab Major)
Spedden is a native of New York City and winner of several concerto competitions as well as awards for piano performance. She has appeared as piano soloist with symphony orchestras in the Midwest and eastern U.S. She frequently performs solo and chamber music professionally and has presented a number of scholarly papers. Dr. Spedden resides in Fort Wayne, Ind., with her husband and children.

In the Shelter of Your Presence can be purchased for $12.50 at the Merillat Centre Box Office at Huntington College (260/359-4261) and at Premier Piano in the Covington Plaza in Fort Wayne (260/432-9000).

Huntington College is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 60 academic concentrations. US News & World Report ranks Huntington among the Top 10 comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington College is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in Huntington, Indiana.

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