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Alumnus Establishes New Endowed Chair in Music

Professor David Allen Wehr has been named the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair in Duquesne’s Mary Pappert School of Music.

The new endowed chair was established through a gift from Geltz, an avid classical music fan who received his bachelor’s degree in 1949 and a master’s degree in 1984 from the University.  “I'm very pleased to be able to assure the continuation of this admirable endeavor,” said Geltz.

Wehr first joined the Music School faculty in 2001.  During his career, he has performed with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center, and with the London, Chautauqua, Houston and New Zealand symphonies.  His more than 1,000 concerts include 13 seasons of touring the United States and Canada for Community Concerts, both as a recitalist and as pianist with the Sartory Trio.  Wehr most recently held the Hillman Distinguished Piano Chair in the Music School.

His current performance project is Brahms on the Bluff, a three-year concert series in which he and fellow musicians are performing the complete instrumental chamber music of Johannes Brahms.  Wehr is the artistic director and principal performer for the series.  “I am grateful and honored to hold this new position, which Mr. Geltz’s generosity has made possible,” he said.

The creation of the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished Piano Chair will be celebrated at A Little Night Music, a free concert by Wehr, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 10, at 3 p.m. in the Music School’s PNC Recital Hall.  The program will feature solo piano music inspired by the night.

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