“An Evening of Two-Piano Music” will reveal the artistic talents of Margaret Ann Randolph and Helen Louise Stout in a concert that mixes compositions by Frédéric Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninov with “Symphonic Dances” from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” a medley from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” and works by several other composers listed on the program.
The Cleveland Music Club is sharing this free concert with the community. It will be held at the Coleman Auditorium, in the Johnson Cultural Building of the Cleveland State Community College Campus, on Thursday at 7 p.m.
The two pianists met more than 20 years ago through an introduction by the revered college piano professor, Meta Sherman, whose poetry “Let Me Hear Music” has become an integral part of the Cleveland Music Club’s yearbooks. Not long after the artists met, they began performing two-piano music together. Their collaboration was only occasionally suspended when they took time off to give birth to their children.
Randolph received her master of music degree from the University of Illinois. In addition to maintaining a private studio, she has taught piano classes at the University of Illinois, Chattanooga State Community College, Bayside School of Performing Arts, Tennessee Wesleyan College and Lee University. She has taught at Cleveland State Community College since 1997. In addition, she is an experienced choir director and organist as well as a highly valued accompanist for chamber music recitals. She is married to Judge Sheridan Randolph. They have three children: Sheridan, Fielding and Susanna.
Stout holds a master of science degree in music education from the University of Tennessee. She has taught at all levels in private and public schools, including the Le Tourneau College in Longview, Texas, where she also had a private studio. In all locations, where she has taught school, her musical activities included organist and choir direction at local churches along with coaching of choral groups and organizing musical ensembles for all ages. Also, she has served on the boards of several local area arts organizations, including the Bach Choir of Chattanooga and the Cleveland Community Concert Association.
Most Clevelanders also know Stout as an astute businesswoman. As the nursing home business developed, she, together with her husband William, better known as “Bud,” formed Royal Care Inc., and over a period of 30 years the couple built, bought or managed 12 nursing homes. After her husband’s death in 1991, she became president. In 2012, Stout was awarded a special honor as the “Longest Active Member in the history of the American College of Health Care Administrators,” where she is likewise a “Fellow.” She is the mother of Janet King and Jerry. They have made her a proud grandmother of six and great-grandmother of eight.
EDITOR’S NOTE: As piano instructor at Cleveland State Community College, Randolph feels strongly that students need good instruments for their lessons and for practicing. “We would like to have a nice piano for the auditorium to bring concerts to CSCC and for students to perform recitals,” she explained. “We were on our way to becoming a Steinway School, but the economy and budget restraints have created fear that our piano department might not be able to reach that goal without the community lending us a hand. Therefore, we would welcome donations made payable to CSCC stating on the checks that those contributions are for the piano department,” Randolph added. She can be reached at 479-7789 or at 400-5697 for more information.