Updated: Jun 11, 2020
Khachaturian Toccata by classically trained pianist, Wes McCune, of Floyd, Virginia. This performance was recorded during one of his recent 'driveway concerts', where Wes has been playing his piano each week during the COVID-19 shut down with his windows open while a few very lucky socially distanced neighbors get to enjoy the live music from outside in the driveway. Since we can't all gather just yet for an in-person concert in our Community Room (or Wes' driveway), but really wish we could, we asked him for help with the next best thing - a recording of one of these mini-concert sessions to share with all of you. We are so grateful that he obliged, and we're sure you will be, too - enjoy!
Wesley McCune is a classically trained pianist living in Floyd, Virginia. He performs with singer Karin Paludan (Washington Performing Arts artist); Marissa Regni (principal 2nd violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra) and trumpeter Douglas Wilson. As a soloist he has performed recitals and concerti with chamber orchestras. He has performed at the Tibor Varga Music Festival in Switzerland, the Schumann House in Leipzig, Winfield House in London, at the British and Austrian embassies in Washington, the Kennedy Center and many venues throughout the Washington, DC area.
Mr. McCune retired from teaching in 2016. He taught at John Adams Elementary School, a CETA (Changing Education through the Arts) partner school with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
His awards include the Alex Award (the Alexandria Commission for the Arts); the Whole Village Award (the Virginia Education Association); the Excellence in Education Award (Alexandria Chamber of Commerce); citations from the mayor and city council of Alexandria, Virginia; and The Agnes Meyer Award for Outstanding Teaching from The Washington Post.