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February 2007

Release Date: February 1, 2007

Award Winning Pianist to Perform at ASU

Classical pianist Keith Kirchoff will perform a selection of unique works by modern composer Frederic Rzewski in concert Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Angelo State University.

The performance, open free to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Recital Hall of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building, 2602 Dena Drive.

Kirchoff’s program will feature four diverse works by Rzewski, including the abstract “The Turtle and the Crane,” the 20 th century Yiddish-American ballad “Mayn Yingele,” an oratorio of Oscar Wilde’s “De Profundis” and a selection of nursery rhymes. “De Profundis” is unusual in that the pianist does more than play the keyboard. He will also narrate text, play various parts of the piano case as a percussion instrument, use bike horns, and even slap parts of his body for percussive and theatrical effect.

In addition to the music, the program also includes a lecture given throughout the recital that will focus on Rzewski as both a person and composer. A list of Rzewski’s complete works for piano will be provided for audience members.

Although only 24 years old, Kirchoff has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. and has been a featured soloist at several music festivals, including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), the Oregon Festival of American Music and the eXtensible Toy Piano Project. He also performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort, Boston’s premier modern music ensemble, and will appear on three of their upcoming albums released by Mode Records.

Kirchoff has also garnered numerous honors, winning the John Cage Award, the Silver Lake International Piano Concerto Competition, the St. Paul Piano Teachers Association Competition, the Thursday Musical Competition and the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition. In 2000, he was one of only 24 pianists selected to participate in the Sixth American National Chopin Competition in Miami.

During his visit to ASU, Kirchoff will also conduct a masterclass featuring ASU piano students and students of teachers in the San Angelo Music Teachers Association. The masterclass is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in the Recital Hall and is also open free to the public.

For more information on the concert and masterclass, call the ASU Art and Music Department at 942-2085.

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