November 9, 2004
For More Information, Contact: Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023
LANDMARK FREE RECITAL WILL FEATURE PIONEERING PIANO ENSEMBLE
Release written by Bobby King
Move over Lewis and Clark, Southwest Tennessee Community College is
proud of its own pioneering duos. The Southwest Piano Ensemble will
present their first ever recital, The Way You Duo the Things You Duo, on
Sunday, November 21 at 1 p.m. The free recital will be held at Amro
Music, 2918 Poplar Avenue.
The Southwest Piano Ensemble is new to the College, and is the only
student piano ensemble at any college or university in the Memphis area.
The recital will be the ensemble’s debut performance. “The students have
a wide range of musical skills,” said Dr. Steve Katz, professor of music
at Southwest. “But what they have in common is a love of music and a
desire to make music.”
Special guests will include Dr. Katz on piano; Michelle Walker, virtuoso
violist; and Robert Schwarz on woodwinds. The guests will join members
of the Southwest Piano Ensemble to perform selections as diverse as
Gershwin’s Someone to Watch over Me and the Village People’s YMCA.
Dr. Katz is an award-winning professional pianist and formerly
world-ranked amateur pianist with doctoral degrees in piano performance
and teaching. His work is featured on the CDs Piano Imagination and
Piano Fire and Air.
Walker is a member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and an adjunct
professor at Southwest. “She is definitely one of the top musicians in
Memphis, a world-class viola player,” said Katz. Schwarz has more than a
passing familiarity with the students he will join for the recital. He
tutors music and other subjects at Southwest.
Everyone is invited to attend this landmark recital featuring the
musical pioneers of the Southwest Piano Ensemble. For more information,
call (901) 333-4535.