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Nov. 1, 2004

Union professor releases piano album

LINCOLN—Ryan Wells, music professor at Union College, has released his second album of piano solos, Night Songs. Wells said that inspiration for the album came from his deep love for beautiful and romantic piano music.
        “In selecting this collection of romantic gems, I looked for pieces that presented the piano as a lyrical instrument possessing a wide expressive range—from introspective melancholy to dramatic passion and power,” Wells said.
        Wells received his Arts Musical Doctorate in piano performance from the University of Arizona in 1982. As a performer, Wells has given numerous solo, chamber and concerto performances throughout the nation. Wells is also active in promoting the fine arts throughout the state of Nebraska, contributing in various capacities with the Nebraska Public Radio Network and the Nebraska Arts Council.
        Night Songs is a collection of songs by composers such as Claude Debussy, Richard Faith and Franz Liszt. Wells’ first album, Shades of Enchantment, was released in 1995.

        To order, contact Ryan Wells at rywells@ucollege.edu.