Canadian piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker to perform at OSU May 7


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Canadian piano virtuoso Jon Kimura Parker will perform on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 4 p.m. at Oregon State University as part of the Corvallis-OSU Piano International Steinway Series.

A gold medalist at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition, Parker has emerged as an unusually versatile musician with solo credits including performances with the major orchestras of New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and others. He also has jammed with jazz musicians Doc Severinsen and Bobby McFerrin, and collaborated with noted “Police” drummer Stuart Copeland.

The wide-ranging concert program includes three preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff (the Op. 32 G Major, No. 5, Op. 23 G minor No.5 and Op. 23 B-flat Major No.2 ); Ludwig van Beethoven’s popular Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”; William Hirtz’s “Bernard Hermann Fantasy”; “Scenes from a Jade Terrace,” a 1996 work by Canadian composer Alexina Louie; “Jeux d’Eau” (“Water Games”) by impressionist composer Maurice Ravel;  and Hirtz’s “Fantasy on the Wizard of Oz,” originally written for four-hand piano and adapted as a solo work especially for Parker.

During his visit to Corvallis, Parker also will present a free master class at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in Benton Hall Room 303 (1650 S.W. Pioneer Place). In addition to working with invited student performers, he will take audience questions about his upcoming recital and life as an international touring concert pianist.

The Sunday concert will be held in the Austin Auditorium at The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th St., Corvallis. Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at corvallispiano.org or in Corvallis at Grassroots Books & Music and Rice’s Pharmacy.

Students ages 8-18 and all college students with valid ID are admitted free. Corvallis Arts For All discounts apply and are valid for purchase of up to two $5 tickets at The LaSells Stewart Center starting one hour prior to concert with SNAP card. For accommodations relating to a disability, call 541-737-4671, preferably at least one week in advance.

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