4Hands set to perform virtual performance at JSCC

The piano duo known as 4Hands is set to perform a virtual concert at Jackson State Community College on Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. The performance will premiere on the college’s JSCC Communications YouTube channel and will be open to students and the public at https://youtu.be/kCD2eLWzzEg. The link to the concert will also be posted on the college’s website (www.jscc.edu) and Facebook page.

The month of October is Global Learning Month at Jackson State Community College. JSCC is well known for bringing world-class musical performances to the area to introduce students and local audiences to the music of various cultures from across the globe. Despite the numerous restrictions the global pandemic has placed on the ways the college can provide services to West Tennessee communities, the International Studies Program has continued the longstanding tradition of presenting musical performances during the monthlong celebration of global learning.

Performing for the first time at JSCC, the piano duo of Kristina Henckel and Amanda Virelles, also known as 4Hands, will perform a total of 8 selections from Antonin Dvorak and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Henckel is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic and earned her doctorate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma. In August 2017 Kristina joined the music faculty at Sandhills Community College in Southern Pines, North Carolina where she currently resides with her husband and two children, Elishka and Maksim. Most recently she became the newest addition to the faculty in the Performing Fine Arts department at Fayetteville State University.

Virelles is best known to JSCC audiences as half of the Duo Guitiano piano-guitar duo that has performed at the college a total of 12 times over just as many years. She has performed as a soloist as well as a collaborative artist throughout the United States, France, Russia, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina, and Cuba. Amanda began her piano studies in Cuba, continued at Moscow State Conservatory Tchaikovsky, and received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the Russian Academy of Music Gnessin in Moscow, Russia, under the guidance of Inna Malinina. Currently, Dr. Virelles is an Associate Professor of Piano at Fayetteville State University, in NC and also teaches piano at Fayetteville School of Music.

Virelles and her husband Carlos Castilla gave a virtual performance as Duo Guitiano for JSCC on October 20. Anyone can watch this performance on the college’s JSCC Communications YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/kZQAz89Pkm4.

For more information about international music performances at JSCC or study-abroad opportunities offered through the college, contact Mary Wadley at mwadley@jscc.edu or 731-424-3520 ext. 50252.