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2018-19 Piano Series to open Nov. 3-4

Guest pianist Logan Skelton will open the annual Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series this week at The University of Toledo.

He will present a master class Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon and a recital Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Skelton

Skelton is a sought-after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, Skelton has played in the United States, Europe and Asia, and has been featured on many public radio and television stations, including NPR’s Audiophile Audition, Performance Today, All Things Considered and Morning Edition, as well as on radio in China and national television in Romania.

He has recorded numerous discs for Centaur, Albany, Crystal, Blue Griffin and Naxos Records, the latter on which he performed on two pianos with fellow composer-pianist William Bolcom.

A devoted teacher, Skelton has been repeatedly honored by the University of Michigan, including in 2003 the Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching, and most recently in 2017 with the Arthur F. Thurnau named professorship, among the highest honors given to faculty members at the school. He has served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music and Missouri State University, and is currently the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Piano and director of doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Michigan.

Skelton’s program will feature several works by Béla Bartók. It also will include two of Skelton’s works, “Civil War Variations” and his arrangement of Bartók’s transcription of “Concerto for Orchestra.” Bartók’s original transcription was prepared by Bartók’s student György Sándor.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.