Alabama School of the Arts Announces 2019-2020 Piano Festival Concerts

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MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile announces the third annual Alabama School of the Arts Piano Festival, a yearlong series of special events spotlighting ASOTA’s undergraduate and graduate programs in piano performance.

The series includes master classes and seminars, student and faculty recitals, and special performances by Elite 88, UM’s piano ensemble. All events are free and open to the public.

Every event will be held in Moorer Auditorium, located in Martin Hall on the University of Mobile campus, 5735 College Pkwy, Mobile, Alabama 36613.

Weekly master classes are open to the public and UM students. They will be held each Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. They will feature instruction and performance by Steinway artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, director of piano studies and professor of music. Occasionally, extended master classes will be led by special guests.

The Alabama School of the Arts Piano Festival includes:

  • Master Class with Dr. Natsuki Fukasawa, October 24, 4 p.m. – Steinway Artist, Orfeo Music Festival and Talis Festival & Academy, artist and faculty of American River College in Sacramento, California
  • Elite 88 “Christmas on the Keys,” Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
  •  Gulf Coast Steinway Society Competition for Piano and Instrumental Concerto, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.
  •  Master Class, Jan. 20, 2 p.m. – Dr Uriel Tsachor, professor of piano, Steinway Artist and chair the piano area, University of Iowa
  •  Guest Recital, Jan. 21, 7 p.m. – Dr Uriel Tsachor, professor of piano, Steinway Artist and chair the piano area, University of Iowa
  • Master Class, March 3, 3 p.m.– Dr. Kevin Chance, assistant professor of piano, keyboard area coordinator, University of Alabama
  • Guest Recital, March 4, 7 p.m.– Dr. Kevin Chance, assistant professor of piano, keyboard area coordinator, University of Alabama
  • Elite 88 “Out of This World,” March 26, 7 p.m.

The University of Mobile is an All Steinway School and offers a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and a Master of Music in piano performance, in addition to a variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in the performing arts.

For more information about the University of Mobile, call 251.442.2222 or visit umobile.edu.

For more information about an event in the Alabama School of the Arts, contact the UM box office at 251.442.2383 or email svalentin@umobile.edu.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in 76 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about the University of Mobile, visit the website at www.umobile.edu or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.