More than 50 pianists from around the world are expected to attend this year's Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Piano Institute Monday through Friday on the Kansas University campus. The theme of the training workshop is "The Pianist in Ensemble."
During the five-day institute, nightly piano recitals will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in Swarthout Recital Hall. The lineup includes KU's Jack Winerock on Monday; Lawrence pianist Rita Sloan and cellist Edward Arron on Tuesday; Dallas Weekeley and Nancy Argabright, artists in residence at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, on Wednesday; KU alumnus David Allen Wehr on Thursday; and Thomas Hecht and Sandra Shapiro, resident artists at the Cleveland Institute of Music, on Friday.
The piano institute will focus on two-piano music, duet music, chamber music and group instruction. In recognition of the bicentennial celebrations of Schubert and Brahms, special guest artist is Ruth Slencznska, artist in residence and professor emeritus at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Ill.
Other guest artists include Maurice Hinson, senior professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one of the best known musicologists for piano; Robert Pace, executive director of the International Piano Teaching Foundation; and Richard Chronister, president of National Keyboard Arts Associates and editor of Keyboard Companion Magazine.
The daily schedules include: 9:30 a.m. Monday, registration; 1:30 p.m. Monday, "Schubert and Brahms: A Pianists Ideas and Concepts," a lecture by Slencznska; Tuesday morning, session with Hinson; Tuesday afternoon, master class with Winerock; Wednesday morning, session with Pace and Chronister; Wednesday afternoon, session with Sloan; Thursday morning, session with Pace and Chronister; Thursday afternoon, session with Weekeley and Argabright; 9:30 a.m. Friday, master class with Hecht and Shapiro; and 1:30 p.m. Friday, master class on Beethoven concertos with Wehr.
All sessions are in Swarthout Recital Hall.
Tickets for the recitals will be sold at the door. For more information, call Christopher Hepp at 864-9657.