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Distinguished composer and KU alumnus to visit KU piano students

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

LAWRENCE, KS-Educational composer and KU alumnus Dennis Alexander will visit the University of Kansas School of Music from November 1-3, 2012. During his visit, Alexander will work with piano pedagogy students, offer an advanced master class to piano majors, meet with the KU Composer’s League and give a public master class to pre-college students. Public events include:

 

  • November 1, 1pm, Swarthout Recital Hall, master class for KU students
  • November 3, 12noon, Swarthout Recital Hall, master class for the community.

 

Dennis Alexander is a native Kansan, having graduated from the University of Kansas where he studied with Professor Richard Reber. In 1972, he was invited to join the faculty at the University of Montana and served as piano department chair in addition to his teaching duties in applied piano, class piano and piano pedagogy. In 1987, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with violinist Walter Olivares and continues to be active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has served as a collaborative artist for numerous internationally recognized soloists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups. A former president of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, he is a popular clinician at state music teachers conventions. He has toured overseas in Asia and Australia.

Over the years, numerous organizations and state associations have commissioned Alexander to write compositions. His "Concertante in G Major" was commissioned by the Montana Music Teachers organization for their state convention, and his two-piano work, "Fanfare Toccata Rondo," was commissioned by Goshen College. Many of Alexander’s compositions are included in the National Federation of Music Study Clubs Festival required list and his music is being performed by students throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. One of Mr. Alexander's most significant contributions to the repertoire is "24 Character Preludes" in all major and minor keys which includes a CD as soloist.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music for more information at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU.

 



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