Seminar features guest and faculty artist performances
July 9, 2003
KALAMAZOO -- Three free evening concerts featuring guest and faculty artists will be presented as part of Seminar 2003, Western Michigan University's summer music camp for high school students.
Titled "Can you hear me now?," the concert series is open to the public and includes guest pianist Nicholas Roth, July 14; the Western Jazz Quartet, July 17; and faculty ensemble Opus 21, July 21. All three performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.
Nicholas Roth, pianist
Roth will perform works by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Liszt. Originally from Elkhart, Indiana, Nicholas Roth attended Seminar as a high school piano student in 1984. He went on to complete degrees at Indiana University and most recently earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. This fall he will be on the piano faculty at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He has appeared as featured soloist in several recital series and festivals throughout the United States including the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts Series of Chicago, Sunday Afternoons Live from the Elvehjem in Madison, the Kalamazoo Bach Festival, and the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival Masterclasses.
Western Jazz Quartet
The Western Jazz Quartet is one of four resident faculty ensembles in the School of Music at Western Michigan University. This internationally acclaimed quartet includes saxophonist Trent Kynaston, pianist Stephen Zegree, and bassist Tom Knific. Battle Creek drummer Larry Ochiltree will be appearing with the quartet for this concert. Western Jazz Quartet performances have been hailed throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America. Formed in 1974, the quartet combines performing and teaching with uncommon success as it promotes jazz music and jazz education through a very active schedule of tours, concerts, and workshops. Activities range from performances for school children of all ages to concerts and tours with such artists as Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, Red Rodney, Kenny Werner, Mark Murphy, Randy Brecker, Eddie Daniels, Bobby Shew, Dave Liebman, Janis Siegel, and Bobby McFerrin.
"Can you hear me now?" is made possible by grants from WMU's University Cultural Events Committee, College of Fine Arts and School of Music.
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