The Kansas Music Teachers Assn. will hold a three-day state convention Friday through Sunday in Lawrence, featuring performances in downtown Lawrence and at Kansas University.
The convention includes public performances, lectures, master classes and the finals of a statewide competititon for young musicians.
A major feature of the three-day event will be a solo piano recital by John Perry, artist-in-residence at the University of Southern California, at 8 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Hall, 642 Mass.
The KMTA is a non-profit organization of Kansas independent music teachers. The organization has a membership of 500 teachers and 10,000 students statewide.
The organization, which has existed since 1886, is dedicated to music instruction in brass, piano, strings, woodwinds and voice. KMTA sponsors state and local competitions, workshops and master classes for teachers and students from elementary through advanced levels.
The convention begins with a "Gala Concert" at 8 p.m. Friday at Murphy Hall at KU. The concert, which is free and open to the public, features Rita Sloan, a local resident who is an internationally acclaimed pianist, and the KU Wind Quintet, who will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok and a commissioned jazz work by David Baker.
The KMTA state competitions for junior high and high school musicians in brass, piano, strings and winds, begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 925 Vt., and the Lawrence Arts Center, Ninth and Vermont. The competitions are free and open to the public.
Saturday's events include a series of lectures on chamber music and performance anxiety given by Sloan and Gail Berenson, a piano professor at Ohio University in Athens.
The convention will conclude Sunday with a multipiano concert beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Liberty Hall. Featuring 12 pianos on stage, more than 100 piano students selected by audition will perfom the music of Bach, Dvorak, Warlock and Tschaikovsky. The multipiano concert has been a convention tradition since the 1930s.
For more information, contact KU's department of music and dance, 864-3436.