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Source: Kristin Mortenson, 785-532-5740,
News release prepared by: Nellie Ryan, 785-532-6415,

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009


MANHATTAN -- The Kansas State University department of music will offer many musical events throughout November.

All events, except where noted, are free and open to the public. They include:

* German guest artist Martin Munch will present a piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, in All Faiths Chapel. Munch will perform works by Maurice Ravel and two sonatas by Alexander Scriabin, as well as his own compositions. Munch comes to Kansas from Heidelberg, Germany, where he teaches piano performance at the University of Bamberg.

* The K-State Clarinet Choir, directed by Tod Kerstetter, associate professor of clarinet, and the K-State Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble, directed by Steven Maxwell, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium, will share a recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, in All Faiths Chapel. The Clarinet Ensemble will present the premiere performance of a new arrangement of the second movement of Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Tuba Concerto," arranged for solo tuba and clarinet ensemble by Kerstetter. Maxwell will be the tuba soloist.

* Anna Marie Wytko's saxophone students will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in All Faiths Chapel.

* "Sticks and Strings," the semiannual performance featuring chamber music performances by student string ensembles and student keyboard percussion groups, will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in All Faiths Chapel. String groups will present works by Shostakovich, Mozart and William Grant Still.

* Students from the voice, keyboard, string, wind and percussion divisions will perform a General Student Recital at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in All Faiths Chapel.

* The musical "Guys and Dolls" will be presented in McCain Auditorium Nov. 12-15. The Nov. 12-14 performances start at 7 p.m., and the Nov. 15 performance starts at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for K-State students and $15 for the general public. Discounts for military and children are also available. Tickets can be purchased at the McCain Auditorium box office, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, or by calling 785-532-6428.

* The K-State Marching Band, under the direction of Frank Tracz, professor of music and director of bands, and Anthony Pursell, assistant professor of music, will be in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in Ahearn Field House. A small admission fee will be charged.

* The K-State Percussion Ensemble, directed by Kurt Gartner, associate professor of percussion, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in McCain Auditorium.

* Baritone David Okerlund and pianist Richard Williams will present a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in All Faiths Chapel. Okerlund is assistant professor of voice at Florida State University and has previously performed with the San Francisco Opera, San Diego Opera and Vancouver Opera.

* Violinists Kristin Mortenson and Kenya Patzer will present a recital with pianist William Wingfield at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, in All Faiths Chapel. The program will include works by Kroll, Bach, Schnittke, Prokofiev and Sarasate.

* The "Early Music Festival" will start at 5:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in All Faiths Chapel. The concert will feature music history students of Nora Lewis, assistant professor of oboe, and the Collegium Musicum, directed by Thomas Bell, assistant professor and performing arts librarian. The event will introduce a variety of musical topics from Antiquity through the medieval, Renaissance and early baroque periods with poster sessions, lecture-demonstrations and early music performance.

* The K-State Brass Ensemble, conducted by Paul Hunt, professor of trombone, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in All Faiths Chapel.

* The K-State Jazz Bands, directed by Wayne Goins, professor of jazz, will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23, in Forum Hall at the K-State Student Union.

More information about the K-State music department's November performance events is available by calling 785-532-5740.