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Pianist Nathan Tregger ’03 will perform selections by Beethoven, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff noon today in the Williams Center for the Arts auditorium.

A senior civil engineering major from Niantic, Conn., Tregger will play Sonata Opus 57 by Beethoven (appassionata), two Rachmaninoff preludes from Opus 32, and a slow movement from a Mozart piano sonata.

The concert, which will last approximately 40 minutes, is free and open to the public.

Tregger has been meeting with Alexis Fisher, part-time instructor of music, once a week since his first year at Lafayette.

“I’ve learned a lot of technical things during my lessons,” he says. “I’ve learned fingerings and techniques that have made playing a lot easier.”

This semester, Tregger is completing an honors thesis in collaboration with Ed Saliklis, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, on the structural analysis of hyperbolic cooling towers. He says the project is familiarizing him with membrane and bending theories. “I’m getting a feel for higher-level analysis,” he adds.

As an EXCEL Scholar, Tregger worked with Arthur Kney, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, to study non-point source pollution in the Bushkill Creek and local wetlands. The purpose of the project was to monitor pollution, identify contaminants, and design simple processes for removing the impurities. Tregger presented his findings at the 16th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

He was a member of the Lafayette Concrete Canoe team that finished just one point shy of first place among seven schools competing in the Pennsylvania-Delaware Region of the 2002 National Concrete Canoe Competition. A participant in the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications, Tregger and his team earned Honorable Mention for work on the ecology and survival prospects of the Florida scrub lizard. He received Lafayette’s John D. Raymond Music Award, given annually by the music department to a deserving student, and plays violin in the orchestra and chamber orchestra.

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