FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 3, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College
Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence William DeVan, along
with Dr. Robert Poczatek, Spinal Chord Injury Medicine Fellow at
Spain Rehabilitation Center, will hold a special wellness recital
Sunday, Feb. 9. The recital will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Forbes Piano
Store in Homewood.
DeVan and Poczatek will discuss musical, medical,
and psychological issues that work together to produce an effective
public piano performance. DeVan will play works of Chopin, Liszt,
and Rachmaninoff. The performances will then be discussed in an
interactive session with Poczatek and DeVan. Both speakers will
explain to the public the process of practice that leads to a successful
performance, covering physiological, technical, neurological, and
musical aspects of piano playing.
DeVan is a proponent of wellness for performance.
The performance wellness movement is a national phenomenon. Poczatek
is a former student of DeVan's and received his bachelor's
degree in music at BSC. He also won the college's Alys Stephens
Piano Competition in 1992 and is the recipient of a 2000 Grammy
Award Grant to study focal hand dystonia in musicians. Focal hand
dystonia is a condition in which fingers curl up under the hand
instead of staying in proper playing position.