WMU News

Guest artist recital features award-winning pianist

Nov. 4, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The WMU School of Music will present a guest artist recital by pianist Thomas Otten on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 19. The program begins at 2 p.m. in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Otten has programmed music by such noted composers as Ravel, Schumann, and Haydn. He has appeared in recital and as orchestral soloist in such venues as the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the National Press Club, the German Embassy, and the Chautauqua and Brevard summer festivals.

Otten has received numerous national and international prizes, including first prize in the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition. A student of master teachers John Perry and Nelita True, Otten holds performance degrees from the University of Southern California and the University of Maryland. He currently is Assistant Professor of Piano at Kent State University.

Immediately following the 2 p.m. recital, Otten will present a master class in the Dalton Center Lecture Hall. This master class is also open to the public free of charge.

Media contact: Kevin West; 616 387-4678; kevin.west@wmich.edu

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