Music season at FHSU continues with September performances
09/15/2008

The musical season of the Department of Music at Fort Hays State University continues this month with guest recitals featuring Slawomir Dobrzanski, piano, Yumi Hwang-Williams, violin, and Irena Ravitskaya, piano.

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Dobrzanski, assistant professor of piano at Kansas State University, is scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

Dobrzanski's performance will include pieces from Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninov and Sergei Prokofiev.

He frequently performs as a soloist, chamber musician and soloist with orchestras and has performed extensively in Poland, Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, Paraguay, Peru and the United States.

Dobrzanski won many young-artist competitions, has recorded solo and chamber music for Polish television and radio and has taught in Minnesota and Rhode Island.

His most recent performances were in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Florida and Texas.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Children 11 and under are free and FHSU students get in free with a Tiger Card.

Hwang-Williams, Ravitskaya, Matt Means, assistant professor of music at FHSU, and Ben Morris-Cline, chair of the Department of Music, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Beach/Schmidt.

The concert play list includes "Fratres" by Arvo Part, "Sonata in C Major for Two Violins" Op. 56, by Prokofiev and "Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor," Op. 101 by Johannes Brahms.

Hwang-Williams is a faculty member at the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver and is known as an artist of considerable stature for her stylish interpretations of classics and exploration of contemporary music.

She has served as concertmaster for the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 2000 and is concertmaster for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.

"Yumi is internationally known," said Morris-Cline. "It's a real honor that she is coming to perform with us."

Ravitskaya, assistant professor of music at FHSU, was born in Moldova and studied piano throughout childhood. Her performances have been broadcast on television and radio in Moldova.

Her performances of Beethoven, Chopin and Russian composers reflect her extensive research in music history. She is sought after as a lecturer and has previously worked with several orchestras and symphonies across the country.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Children 11 and under are free and FHSU students get in free with a Tiger Card.

For more information call the Department of Music at (785) 628-4533 or visit www.fhsu.edu/music.

Additional scheduled musical events for the academic year:

FHSU Music Theatre: "Damn Yankees," 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10-11, Felten-Start Theatre, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12, Felten-Start. These events are not part of the regular concert series and require a separate ticket for admission. For information, call the Department of Music at (785) 628-4533 or visit the Web site, www.fhsu.edu/music.

Hays Symphony Orchestra Concert: Selim Giray, violin, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Beach/Schmidt.

Honor Orchestra Festival Concert: Benjamin Morris-Cline, cello, 4 p.m. Oct. 18, Beach/Schmidt. Free concert.

Faculty Showcase Recital: FHSU Department of Music Faculty, 7:30 p.m.    Oct 21, Palmer Recital Hall, Malloy Hall.

FHSU Band and Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Chamber Choirs, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, First United Methodist Church.

FHSU Jazz Bands Concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Beach/Schmidt.

Faculty Recital: Kay Werth, oboe, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Small Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19, Beach/Schmidt.

Spectrum Composition Concert, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20, Palmer Recital Hall.

Faculty Recital: Matt Means, violin, Irena Ravitskaya, piano, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Palmer Recital Hall.

FHSU Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Cathedral Concert, 3 and 6:30 p.m., St. Fidelis Cathedral, Victoria. Free concert.

Faculty Recital: Kristin Pisano, clarinet, Irena Ravitskaya, piano, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Palmer Recital Hall.

FHSU Opera with composer-in-residence Richard Faith, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31, Felten-Start, and at 3:00 p.m. Feb. 1, Felten-Start. These events are not part of the regular concert series and require a separate ticket for admission. For information, call the Department of Music at (785) 628-4533 or visit the Web site, www.fhsu.edu/music.

Faculty Recital: Brad Dawson, trumpet, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9, Palmer Recital Hall.

Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Choir Concert, 7:30 p.m. March 3, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. March 12, Beach/Schmidt.

Composer-in-Residence Richard Faith Recital, featuring Faith and FHSU faculty and students, 7:30 p.m. April 2, Palmer Recital Hall.
                    
Cottonwood Festival: Chamber Music of Mozart and Schumann, 7:30 p.m. April 9, Beach/Schmidt. This event is not part of the regular concert series and requires a separate ticket for admission. For information, call the Department of Music at (785) 628-4533 or visit the Web site, www.fhsu.edu/music.

FHSU Small Ensembles Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 14, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Jazz Concert, 7:30 p.m. April 16, Beach/Schmidt.

WKSA Spring Concert, 11 a.m. April 18, Beach/Schmidt. Free concert.

Hays Symphony Orchestra/FHSU Choirs Concert: Matt Means, violin, Ben Morris-Cline, cello, Irena Ravitskaya, piano, Norman Gamboa/Terry Crull, conductors, 7:30 p.m. May 2, Beach/Schmidt.

FHSU Spectrum Composition Recital, 7:30 p.m. May 7, Palmer Recital Hall.

FHSU Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 8, Beach/Schmidt.

For information on ticket prices, visit www.fhsu.edu/music or call (785) 628-4533.


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