Russian Pianist Dmitri Vorobiev to perform at Wesleyan during the NMTA Conference

Post date: Oct 3, 2013 3:02:20 PM

Dmitri Vorobiev, NMTA Conference Artist and Internationally acclaimed pianist, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, in O’Donnell Auditorium, in the Rogers Centers for Fine Arts on the Nebraska Wesleyan University campus. Vorobiev is a native of Moscow and a major prize-winner in the Busoni, Cincinnati World, UNISA International Piano Competition, among others. His solo recital will consist of works by Beethoven and Liszt. This concert, part of the Nebraska Wesleyan University Bravo! Bösendorfer Concert Series, is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the concert: Adults-$15, and Students-$10. For more information, call 402-465-2278.

During the Conference October 17-18 Conference, Vorobiev will also present a session entitled “The Lesser-Known Works of Beethoven” and co-present a master class for MTNA Piano Competition Winners with Conference Clinician Polina Khatsko. Dr. Khatsko, a native of Belarus, will present two sessions that feature the Russian School of Piano Playing in the context of the Russian system of music education.

Among the roster of international conference artists and clinicians at this year’s conference is Grammy Award-winning composer Libby Larsen, who will present a session entitled “The Art of Composing Music” following a premiere of her new work “Ghosts of Old Pianos“ for two pianos by NMTA members Nathan Buckner and Valerie Cisler. This work was commissioned by NMTA/MTNA through the Commissioned Composer Program with additional funding support provided by the Nebraska Arts Council. Student composers, elementary through collegiate age, are invited to attend Larsen’s sessions.

NMTA member, Jonathan Sokasits, will also present a session entitled “Intersections: Selected Character Pieces in the Jazz Idiom” featuring works of Copeland, Barber, Bennett, Wilson, and C. Berg.

In addition to all the music performances and pedagogy sessions, plans include a field trip to visit the Nebraska Historical Society Museum. Featured exhibits at the museum will include: The First Nebraskans (10,000 years of Native American Life and Culture on the Plains), Nebraska Joins the Union (1803-1867), Building the State (1867-1916), Nebraskans in World War II, and Nebraska Cowboys: Lives, Legends, and Legacies.

The conference is open to interested nonmembers. Students may attend all events for $10. A biography of the featured conference artists and a conference registration form may be downloaded at Conferences.

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