Kansas University's Chamber Orchestra will present its first concert of the fall semester at 2:30 p.m. today at Swarthout Recital Hall in Murphy Hall.
Michael Kirkendoll, finalist for the American Pianists Association Fellowship Competition, will perform Arthur Schnittke's Concerto for Piano and Strings. James Lee, graduate teaching assistant, will conduct the orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.
Kirkendoll was recently honored as one of five finalists in the American Pianists Association Fellowship Competition. The recipient receives $75,000, management, Harmonie Mundi recording contract, tours and more. Kirkendoll will compete for the award Sept. 19-21, when he will also perform Schnittke's Concerto for Piano and Strings with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra in Indianapolis.