Internationally renowned pianist to perform Center Stage concert April 18

Posted by Lori Shull - Wednesday, April 11 2012
lshull@tntech.edu

thumb RSwan_photo2002Internationally renowned pianist Robert Swan will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Tennessee Tech University’s Wattenbarger Auditorium in the Bryan Fine Arts Building.

Swan will give a concert of chamber music with TTU faculty. The performance is free and open to the public.

Ten TTU music faculty soloists will join Swan for the program of virtuoso chamber music for piano, including saxophonist Phil Barham, trumpeter Charles Decker, mezzo-soprano Diane Pulte, violinist Wei Tsun Chang, cellist Dan Allcott and the Cumberland Quintet with flutist Roger Martin, oboist William Woodworth, clarinetist Wonkak Kim, bassoonist James Lotz and hornist Jeremy Hansen.

“This is going to be a spectacular evening of music making with a brilliant pianist in collaborative performance with half of our music faculty in what should be an absolutely unforgettable concert,” said Decker, concert coordinator.

Swan has performed across America with major orchestras and given solo performances in New York City’s Lincoln Center and at the White House. Internationally, he has played in England, Taiwan and Korea.

London’s Daily Telegraph described him as a pianist of “considerable power…nobly expressive,” and The London Times called him “a performer of boldness and strength.”

Swan was the first American pianist to perform the Gershwin “Piano Concerto” over the China Television Service.

He has degrees from the two most prestigious music conservatories in the U.S., Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School. His doctorate of musical arts is from the University of Arizona.

He is on the International Baldwin Artist Roster and is an adjunct piano professor at Seattle Pacific University.

TTU’s Center Stage is presenting the concert.

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