Piano festival to feature Huber, classes for students in grades 8-12

A poster for the Piano Festival, which shows it starting at 9am on April 9. Critically acclaimed concert pianist Kenneth Huber will perform at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 in the Hastings College Fuhr Hall of Music as part of the annual Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival.

Huber will feature music by Bach/Hess, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart and Schubert as part of his performance, which will be followed by a short talk titled “Let Chopin Teach You.”

Huber and Dr. Jonathan Sokasits, Hastings College professor of piano, will then work with students in grades 8-12 in master classes. Students in grades 8-12 have until April 2 to apply at hastings.edu/pianofestival.

The festival concludes at 1:00 p.m. with Sokasits giving a solo recital featuring music by Billy Joel/Sokasits.

The festival is free and open to the public. The Fuhr Hall of  Music is located at 927 N. Ash Avenue in Hastings.

About Kenneth Huber
Kenneth Huber, a critically acclaimed pianist, has concertized extensively throughout the United States as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. He has appeared frequently on radio and television and has been heard in collaboration with opera stars of the Metropolitan, New York City, Vienna and La Scala Operas, as well as stars of Broadway musical theater. In most recent seasons he has appeared jointly with baritone David McFerrin in performances of Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin, and with his long-standing violin partner Brenda Brenner, associate professor of music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. A highlight of their recent appearances featured a lecture recital on Ives’ Fourth Sonata for the national convention of the College Music Society. In 1968 he began a four-year tour of duty as concert pianist with the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., serving as accompanist for the Navy Chorus in over 350 engagements including appearances at the White House and the State Department.

Huber served Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, as senior lecturer in piano from 1990 to 2013. For 20 years he resided concurrently in New York City and his present home in Minneapolis, teaching and performing extensively in both cities. He has been active in music education since 1960 appearing as guest lecturer and clinician for many professional organizations. He has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Augsburg College and Virginia Intermont College, where he was also founder and director of Celebrity Concerts. He frequently presents lectures and recitals for the American Matthay Association and the Mannheimer Piano Festival, for which he was artistic director. He is often invited to adjudicate for national scholarship competitions and auditions, including the MTNA, the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition and St. Paul’s Schubert Club. He has also served two terms as panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Hastings College is a four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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