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KU School of Music to host international organ competition

Friday, April 3, 2015

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas School of Music will host the North American Round of the Tariverdiev (Russian) International Organ Competition Apr. 8-11.

The competition rounds are free and open to the public and will be held in Bales Organ Recital Hall. They will be held: Thursday, Apr. 9 from 2-5 p.m., Friday, Apr 10th 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 2-5 p.m., and Saturday, Apr. 11th 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Additionally, special guest artist Lada Labzina, Honoured Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan and senior lecturer at the faculty of organ and harpsichord studies at the Kazan State Zhiganov Conservatoire, will present a free recital on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Bales Organ Recital Hall. She will perform a program featuring organ transcriptions of works by Tschaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Mussorgsky.

This will be the third time that KU has hosted the Competition. Other international sites for first round competitions include Hamburg, Germany and Moscow, Russia. The winner of the Competition will present a recital at the Bales Organ Recital Hall of the University of Kansas. The top three finishers will proceed to Kaliningrad, Russia in the fall of 2015 to compete for the international prize. 

Judges for the KU Competition include KU organ faculty members Michael Bauer and James Higdon; Wichita State organ professor Lynne Davis; Martin Jean, Dean of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music; and Karel Paukert, emeritus professor of organ at Northwestern University.

To learn more about the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition visit http://www.organcompetition.ru/.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436 or visit www.music.ku.edu

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