The Northern Arizona University’s School of Music will have a weekend of concerts as part of the Grand Opening Gala for the university’s new Kitt Recital Hall. The recital hall is located on 1115 S. Knoles Drive.
The goal of the three performances is to present holiday weekend travelers with a wide array of NAU talent – and to test out the new space, said Todd Sullivan, director of the NAU School of Music.
Starting on Friday, Jan. 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., pianist Jeffrey Swann, the President’s Distinguished Artist in Residence will perform in an inaugural recital.
Swann is a native of northern Arizona, but his performing career has taken him throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. According to his biography on the New York University website, where he is faculty, Swann “won first prize in the Dino Ciani Competition sponsored by La Scala in Milan, a gold medal at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, and top honors at the Warsaw Chopin, Van Cliburn, Vianna da Motta and Montreal Competitions, as well as the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York City. His large and varied repertoire includes more than 60 concertos as well as solo works ranging from Bach to Boulez.”
On Saturday, Jan. 19, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., the NAU Faculty Chambers will perform musical pieces that range from solo voice performances to contemporary groupings (including two world premieres) to a serenade-size ensemble comprised entirely of faculty and friends.
Lastly, on Sunday, Jan. 20, starting at 3 p.m., NAU School of Music students will have their showcase.
Tickets are free for students with ID’s and children 17 years old and under, $15 for seniors and NAU faculty or staff and $22.50 for adults. Ordering fees may apply.
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