Western Presents Pianist Stephen Drury
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WESTERN PRESENTS PIANIST STEPHEN DRURY
St. Joseph, Mo. -Jan. 13, 2011- Missouri Western State University presents pianist Stephen Drury in a guest artist recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at Potter Hall Theater. Drury will play the complete piano sonatas of American composer Charles Ives.
Drury has performed throughout the world with a repertoire that stretches from Bach to Liszt to the music of today. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, the Cit de la Musique in Paris and the Leipzig Gewandhaus. Drury is the artistic director and conductor of the Callithumpian Consort, and he created and directs the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. He earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and has also earned the New England Conservatory's select Artist Diploma.
Charles Ives is ''one of the most extraordinary and individual figures in the history of Western music,'' according to the Oxford Dictionary of Music. ''Piano Sonata No. 1'' is one of his earliest revolutionary compositions. ''Piano Sonata No. 2,'' also called the ''Concord Sonata,'' is one of his best-known works, and was inspired by the transcendentalism of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson and Louisa May Alcott, and Henry David Thorean.
General admission is $7. Seniors, Western students and employees with their I.D. are $5. Kids 12 and under are free. Music 101 students, music majors and their family are free.
Missouri Western State University is a comprehensive regional university providing a blend of traditional liberal arts and professional degree programs. The university offers student-centered, high quality instruction that focuses on experience-based learning, community service, and state-of-the-art technology. Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit www.missouriwestern.edu.