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Source: Kristin Mortenson, 785-532-3832,
News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University's department of music will present several student, faculty and guest performances throughout March. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Performances include:

* Guest pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David, professor of music at Central Michigan University, will present a recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 1, in All Faiths Chapel.

* Keith Lemmons, professor of clarinet at the University of New Mexico, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, in All Faiths Chapel. Tod Kerstetter, K-State associate professor of clarinet, will be joining Lemmons for the Krommer's "Concerto for Two Clarinets."

* In recitals for Tuesday, March 3, guest French hornist Kristine Coreil and piano accompanist Francis Yang, both professors at Northwestern State University in Louisiana, will perform at 11:30 a.m. in All Faiths Chapel; and students in the bassoon studio led by Susan Maxwell, instructor of music, will perform at 7:30 p.m., also in All Faiths Chapel.

* The K-State Jazz Bands, directed by Wayne Goins, associate professor of jazz, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

* The K-State Concert Band, conducted by Anthony Pursell, assistant professor of music, will present a "Side-by-Side" concert with the Arkansas City High School Band at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in McCain Auditorium.

* The K-State University Band, conducted by Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands, and the K-State University Choir, conducted by Joshua Oppenheim and Julie Yu-Oppenheim, both assistant professors of music, will present their spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, in All Faiths Chapel.

* The K-State Symphony Band, directed by graduate student conductors, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, in All Faiths Chapel.

* The General Student Recital will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 12, in All Faiths Chapel. Performers are music majors from all instrumental, keyboard and vocal studios. The program will be announced at the concert. The K-State Jazz Combos, directed by Goins, also will perform March 12. The event will be at 7:30 p.m. in Union Station.

* Tuba and euphonium students of Steve Maxwell, assistant professor of music, will present a concert at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in All Faiths Chapel.

* The K-State Choral Invitational will be Saturday, March 28, and will feature seven high school and community college choirs from throughout the state working with clinician Jerry Blackstone, director of choral activities at the University of Michigan and a Kansas native. The choirs also will participate in master classes with the K-State voice faculty.

* Virginia Houser, K-State professor of piano, will be part of a duo-piano performance of Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, in All Faiths Chapel. Houser will be joined by guest pianist Zachariah Stoughton, a former resident of Buhler and a graduate of the University of Texas Butler School of Music. The concert will be especially for young people, offering musical portraits of animals with narration and poetry written by music students. A small admission charge will be required.

* Flute students of Mary Lee Cochran, associate professor of music, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, in All Faiths Chapel.

* Guest artist Mary Bonacci, a mezzo-soprano on the faculty of Westfield State College in Massachusetts, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in All Faiths Chapel.

More information on K-State department of music events is available by calling 785-532-5740 or online at