The Heidelberg School of Music Guest Artist series begins the 2015-16 season with a performance by Dr. Jackie Edwards Henry, harpsichord. Dr. Edwards Henry will present an eclectic program of works including keyboard music from the Baroque masters in addition to several works by living composers.
The second half of the program will feature the Ohio premiere of Travelin' Music, by Heidelberg composer Doug McConnell. This multi-movement suite is a fond salute to the American folk song tradition. Commissioned by Dr. Edwards Henry, the suite is dedicated to the memory of Jackie's husband, Dr. William P. Henry, whose love of music and the harpsichord inspired Jackie's work with this instrument.
Dr. Jackie Edwards-Henry is Professor of piano and piano pedagogy, and Coordinator of Group Piano at Mississippi State University where she has served since 1991. As a solo and collaborative pianist, she has performed in recital or for national or international conventions in Canada, Europe and the United States, including performances at the Prague Conservatory, the Royal Welsh College of Music, Arts and Drama, Cardiff, Wales, and Cité de la Musique et de la Dance, Strasbourg, France.
She has completed three CD recordings: Saxophone and Other Voices with Gail Levinsky; performed the title work with Levinsky on The Tipping Point; and Contemporary Czech Music for Flute and Piano with Lana Johns, released by Centaur. As a harpsichordist, she performs regularly with the MSU/Starkville Symphony and premiered Travelin’ Music by Douglas McConnell, a commissioned solo harpsichord suite of American folk music, at the June 2013 Convention of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. Dr. Edwards has written articles for American Music Teacher, Keyboard Companion and Clavier Companion, and has presented posters, papers or presentations for MTNA, CMS, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and Mississippi Music Teachers Association.