McCain Conversations are informal pre-performance talks designed to inform, educate and engage audience members before certain McCain Performance Series events. Hosted by K-State faculty or other experts in the community, these talks are fun, free of charge to all ticket holders and may even feature a guest appearance by one of the evening’s performers.
“Alison Balsom: Talent, Dedication, and Beauty on Stage”
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, McCain 204
Dr. Gary Mortenson, Director, School of Music, Dance, and Theatre - Kansas State University
Alison Balsom is one of the most important and vibrant young soloists on the music scene today. Gary Mortenson will talk about what it takes to come up through the competition circuit and be successful on the world stage as a soloist on an instrument other than the piano, violin, or cello. He'll talk about how Ms. Balsom brings fresh interpretations to the music of the Baroque era (historically considered the "golden age" for the trumpet) exemplified in the music of Albinoni, Bach, Biber, Handel, Purcell, and Vivaldi while also growing the solo repertoire with new works as seen in Balsom's commissioning and premiere of Seraph by MacMillan.
Coffee and light desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of Alison Balsom and the Scottish Orchestra.
"In music you never stay in the same place": The Career of Itzhak Perlman
3:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, McCain 204
Dr. Cora Cooper, Professor, School of Music, Dance, and Theatre - Kansas State University
Itzhak Perlman has been one of the world's foremost and beloved musicians for over 50 years. Come hear about his career and influence, told largely through his own words and in his own inimitable style.
Coffee and desserts provided.
Free to all ticket holders of Itzhak Perlman
Read about the 2011 McCain Conversations