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'Munz: A Pianist’s Story' to premiere on WVPB

school of music place holderA documentary created by West Virginia University School of Music faculty members Lucy Mauro and Mark Benincosa and alumna Sora Lee will premiere on West Virginia Public Broadcasting Sunday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m.

"Munz: A Pianist’s Story," is based on Lee’s 2016 doctoral research paper, “The Life and Legacy of Mieczyslaw Munz,” for which she received a WVU Distinguished Doctoral Scholarship. Lee graduated with a master's of music and DMA in Collaborative Piano.

WVU alumna Shayla Klein, who graduated in 2019 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and minors in Theatre and Interactive Media Design, edited the documentary and WVU alumna Sarah Dawn Cooper, M.A. in World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics and B.S. in Visual Journalism and B.A. in German, assisted with German translations. 

Munz was one of the most acclaimed international concert artists and teachers of the twentieth century. Munz was a significant link in carrying on the great traditions of the Golden Age of the Virtuoso and nineteenth-century piano playing. His life, however, was tragically intertwined with some of the most famous people and events of the twentieth century.

This fascinating and visually-compelling documentary reveals the life and legacy of Munz through historical film footage, photos, letters, programs, reviews, rare Nazi documentation and interviews with Munz’s students Emanuel Ax, Ann Schein and others as well as Donald Manildi, the Curator of the International Piano Archives at Maryland. Munz: A Pianist’s Story demonstrates why Munz is one of the few artists the venerable Steinway & Sons designates as one of their “Immortal Artists.”A true story of sacrifice, dedication and ultimate triumph over tragedy, Munz: A Pianist’s Story offers an appealing and accessible insight into the classical pianist’s world and also demonstrates the important legacy a teacher can leave for generations.

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