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KU School of Music to host North American Round of the Tariverdiev International Organ Competition

Monday, April 4, 2011

The University of Kansas School of Music, in conjunction with the KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and the KU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, present A Russian Festival, featuring the North American Round of the Russian International (Tariverdiev) Organ Competition, April 7-9, at Bales Recital Hall.

The weekend offers many events open to the public and welcomes guest artist and KU alumnus Robert Horton on organ:

Thursday, April 7:
2:30 p.m. Lecture: "The Moscow Conservatory," Professor Ketty Wong-Cruz
4:00 p.m. Lecture-Recital: "Russian Organ Music, Part I," Ekaterina Gotsdiner
7:30 p.m. Robert Horton, organ recital; KU alumnus, winner of the 5th Tariverdiev International Organ Competition, 2007

Friday, April 8
9:00 a.m. Lecture: "Russian Church Music," Professor Michael Bauer
10:30 a.m. Lecture-Recital: "Russian Organ Music, Part II," Ekaterina Gotsdiner
1:00 p.m. Film: Quo Vadis, featuring the organ symphony Chernobyl by Mikael Tariverdiev
3:00-5:00 p.m. Tariverdiev Competition Session I
7:00-10:00 p.m. Tariverdiev Competition Session II

Saturday, April 9
9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Tariverdiev Competition Session III

All competition rounds, recitals, and lectures take place at the Bales Organ Recital Hall. They are all free and open to the public. For further information, see www.organ.ku.edu.

Robert Horton hails from Manville, RI and holds degrees from Cornell University, Northwestern University and the University of Kansas (DMA, 2003). He has studied organ with James Higdon, David Craighead, Karel Paukert and Michel Bouvard. A relative latecomer to the arts, he has worked quickly to establish himself as an organist, maintaining an active concert schedule and garnering numerous prizes in organ competitions both in America and in Europe.

Dr. Horton presently serves as parish musician at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Evanston, IL. Prior to his appointment at Saint Mark's, he served as Director of Keyboard Studies at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa where he taught organ, history, sacred music and directed the college jazz band. He won the 2007 Mikhail Tariverdiev Competition in Kaliningrad, Russia. As a Fulbright scholar, he studied at the Conservatoire National de Region in Toulouse, France.

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


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