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June 4, 2012
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Orchestra, young musicians, guest artist to perform at concert

Baldwin City, Kan. — Steinway Artist Fred Karpoff, the Overland Park Orchestra and winners of the spring Kansas Music Teachers Association Mozart Concerto Competition will present a concert at 7 p.m., Friday, June 8, at Rice Auditorium on Baker University’s Baldwin City campus. The concert, part of the association’s annual conference, is open to the public.Baker-arch1 

Karpoff, who has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist on four continents, will open the evening with solo piano works by Debussy, Villa Lobos and Beethoven. As a guest artist at major music festivals in the United States and Europe, he has collaborated with many of America’s foremost musicians. The 2011 winner of the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award presented by Music Teachers National Association, Karpoff is Professor of Piano and Ensemble Arts at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University. As featured clinician of the KMTA Conference, Karpoff will lead two sessions on his 3-D Method and conduct a piano master class with area pianists on Saturday, June 9.

The Overland Park Orchestra, under the direction of James Funkhouser, will perform on the second half of Friday’s concert, and will feature pianist Chi Zhang performing the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 488 and violinist Emily Shehi performing the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218. Zhang and Shehi were selected as the winners of the 2012 KMTA Mozart Concerto Competition earlier this spring.

Chi (Barry) Zhang, age 12, was born in China and came to the United States when he was three years old. He began his piano studies with Troy Slocum at age 5. In 2007, he moved to Manhattan, Kan., where he is a student of Sławomir Dobrzański, associate professor of music and chair of keyboard studies at Kansas State University, and Nancy Blockcolsky, an instructor of piano at Manhattan Christian College. Zhang has received several honors and prizes at local and state competitions.

Shehi, 13, studies violin under the tutelage of Tiberius Klausner, a former student of the legendary Ivan Galamian. In April 2012, she won the first prize and grand prize at the Kearney Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition for ages 13-18. An avid chamber musician, she is the violinist of the “Trio Aglaïa” coached by Scott McBride Smith, professor of piano at the University of Kansas.

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