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September 2004

Release Date: September 27, 2004

Pianist Moyer to Serve as AEP Distinguished Lecturer at ASU

Concert pianist Frederick Moyer, who has performed for audiences all over the world, will serve as the AEP Distinguished Professor in Residence at Angelo State University this fall and will share his talents and expertise with ASU students and faculty.

Moyer's musical virtuosity has taken him to 41 countries during his 20 years as a concert pianist and he has performed with some of the world's most prestigious orchestras, including those in London, Boston and Singapore as well as in some of the most renowned venues, including Carnegie Hall, Windsor Castle, Sydney Opera House and the Kennedy Center.

AEP established the Distinguished Professor in Residence Program in 1997 to bring to ASU outstanding individuals in a variety of fields for extended interaction with students, faculty, staff and the public. Since its inception, the AEP Distinguished Professors have included an Academy Award-winning actor, a renowned novelist, a world-class physicist and a syndicated newspaper columnist, among others.

As a special gift to the community, Moyer will also be available to play for community activities when his schedule permits during his San Angelo stay. Requests for programs can be made by calling 942-2383, Ext. 231.

Dr. David Scott, head of ASU's Department of Art and Music, said Moyer's talents and spirit of public service fit nicely with the goal of the AEP visiting professorship. Not only will he instruct and interact with students, he will perform with faculty groups and will make himself available to organizations within the community.

"His performances and lectures," said Scott, "will bring to San Angelo and the area arts community a fresh outlook on music, on artistic performance and on how music and other arts interact and affect each other."

Moyer has produced 19 albums on the Biddulp, GM and JRI labels and recorded the works of more than 30 composers. He has appeared as piano soloist with the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras as well as the St. Louis, Dallas, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, Netherlands Radio and Latvian, Iceland, symphony orchestras. He has also played with the Buffalo, Hong Kong and Japan philharmonic symphony orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil and the major orchestras of Australia.

The pianist is recognized for his enthusiasm, exacting artistry and adventurous programming, all combining to make him a favorite among audiences of all ages. He is also well-known for his residencies of one day to three weeks that combine major performances, master classes, workshops, school performances, and other activities to promote classical music within communities.

Moyer's activities have been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities, the United States Information Service, the Alcoa Foundation, the Astral Foundation, the Paul Green Foundation, Affiliate Artists, Concert Artists Guild, the Western States Arts Federation, the U.S.-China Arts Exchange and the Korean Cultural Foundation.

Previous AEP/West Texas Utilities Distinguished Professors in Residence have been San Angelo novelist Elmer Kelton, Academy Award-winning actor Karl Malden, renowned physicist Jay Davis, former U.S. Ambassador Edward Rowell; E.R. "Dick" Brooks, former chairman and chief executive officer of Central and South West Corporation; William W. "Bill" Maxwell, syndicated columnist for the St. Petersburg Times; and Dr. Stan Eitzen, sport sociologist.