University of Mobile and Alabama School of the Arts Present Inaugural Piano Festival

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

The series follows one year after the university successfully reached its goal of becoming an “All-Steinway School.” Assistant professor of piano and Steinway artist Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva said the festival will allow the public to experience the art of world-class musicians, and give her graduate and undergraduate students special events to perform.

“My students are very talented and I am excited to give them the opportunity to perform and to learn from some of the greatest musicians that I know,” said Dr. Onalbayeva.

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.

Each event is open to public and free of charge. The Alabama School of the Arts Piano Festival will include:

  • Master class and seminar, every Thursday; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

This event will take place every Thursday 3:00-4:00 p.m. and will feature instruction and performance by either Dr. Onalbayeva or a special guest.

  • Gregory Sioles – Master class, seminar, and recital, Oct. 9-10; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

This event will be instructed by Gregory Sioles, associate professor of music, Louisiana State Universty. The class will be Oct. 9 at 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Oct. 10 5:00-7:00 p.m., and the recital will be Oct. 10 7:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Elite 88 “Classics and Christmas” concert, Dec. 7; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Directed by Dr. Christopher Lovely, assistant professor of piano and theory at University of Mobile, this program will feature “Elite 88,” an Alabama School of the Arts ensemble of exclusive piano performance students. This even will be at 7:00 p.m.

  • Van Cliburn Steinway Piano Concert, Dec. 8; Steinway Piano Gallery, 11247 US Highway 31, Spanish Fort, Alabama, 36527

Van Cliburn earned his status as a world-renowned musician when he won the piano prize in the inaugural International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958. Today, the Steinway piano he owned travels the world. University of Mobile’s most distinguished piano students and Dr. Onalbayeva will perform a once-in-a-lifetime concert on his piano at 5:00 p.m. at the Steinway Piano Gallery in Spanish Fort.

  • Marian Y. Lee – Master class and solo recital, Jan. 18; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Dr. Marian Y. Lee is assistant professor of music and head of keyboard area at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She will present a master class Jan. 18 3:00-7:00 p.m., and will perform a solo recital at 7:00 p.m.

  • Gulzhan Uzenbayeva – Master class, seminar, and duet recital, Jan. 23,24, 26; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Visiting from Dr. Onalbayeva’s home country of Kazakhstan, Gulzhan Uzenbayeva will present a master class and seminar Jan. 23-24 1:00-5:00 p.m. Uzenbayeva, associate professor at Kazakh Conservatory in Almaty, Kazakhstan, will perform a special recital with Dr. Onalbayeva and Greg Wiggins, adjunct music professor.

  • Constance Carroll – Master class, seminar, and recital, March 14-15; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Visiting artist Constance Caroll is a recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist. She will present a master class and seminar March 14 1:00-4:00 p.m. She will perform a recital March 15 7:00 p.m.

  • Elite 88 “Popcorn and Pianos” concert, March 22; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Relive the magical moments of your favorite movies and shows through marvelous piano duets and trios! Directed by Dr. Christopher Lovely, assistant professor of piano and theory at University of Mobile, this fun-filled evening will feature “Elite 88,” an Alabama School of the Arts ensemble of exclusive piano performance students. This event will be at 7:00 p.m.

  • Piano Studio, March 29; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Gather for an evening of extraordinary piano performance! Dr. Onalbayeva and students from both undergraduate and graduate piano performance programs will perform at 7:00 p.m.

  • Kadisha Onalbayeva, Faculty Piano Recital, April 12; Moorer Auditorium, Martin Hall, 5735 College Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36613

Dr. Kadisha Onalbayeva, assistant professor of piano at University of Mobile and the first Steinway artist from Kazakhstan, will present a piano recital at 7:00 p.m.

 

For more information about an event, contact Shadoe Valentin at svalentin@umobile.edu or 251.442.2383.

 

 

About University of Mobile:
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 and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, 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 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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Rivers Brunson

Rivers Brunson

Rivers is an experienced writer and an alumna of University of Mobile. She graduated in 2015 and holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication. She returned to University of Mobile professionally as marketing communications specialist in 2017. She also hosts a podcast with Bellum Creative Group called Due South about Southern arts and culture. A Grove Hill, Alabama native, Rivers fell in love with the city of Mobile as an undergraduate student and now calls it home; however she takes frequent trips to see her family who are NAMB church planters in Livingston, Montana. She has a lovable golden retriever named Cooper.

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