PITTSBURG — Pittsburg State University is bringing world-renowned musicians to its campus, benefitting students and community members alike.
The second half of Pittsburg State University’s Solo and Chamber Music Series kicks off this Friday with the piano music of Christopher Taylor.
“Diversity is the name of the game,” said Susan Marchant, music department chairperson and professor of music. We know that we’re going to have four years, at most five years, to expose our students to the entire strain.”
Marchant said this is why the Solo and Chamber Music Series brings such a wide variety of performers to Pittsburg, where they perform in McCray Hall’s Sharon K. Dean Recital Hall.
Marchant said the intimacy of the space makes it the perfect venue for this particular series.
“It’s possible for the artist to talk directly to the audience, which is very nice,” she said.
Taylor will be the first to enjoy the venue this semester, and is performing in place of pianist Andre Laplante, who was unable to be in Pittsburg because of illness.
Taylor has been hailed by The New York Times as “frighteningly talented” and is known for a passionate advocacy of music written in the past 100 years, as well as for bringing an active imagination and intellect coupled with heartfelt intensity and grace to his music.
Taylor will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, with a lineup including pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Aleksandr Scriabin and Johannes Brahms.
Tickets for Taylor’s performance range from $8 to $12.
Also in the spring lineup are The Orlando Consort, a well-established a capella group from England.
Marchant said the series organizers have been working to bring The Orlando Consort to Pittsburg State for several years, and that their program will include a number of works from early vocal literature.
“They work both ends of the spectrum,” she said. “They’ve built their reputation singing very early vocal literature, but they’ll also commission new works from some heavy-duty contemporary classical composers. I think everything they’re doing here is early.”
The Orlando Consort will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5, and ticket prices range between $8-12.
Finally, the Percussion Group Cincinnati will return to Pittsburg for a second visit at 7:30 p.m. April 1, as the final installment of the series and in conjunction with the statewide Percussion Association Convention.
“It’s the perfect opportunity to close with a group that will serve both purposes,” Marchant said. “The percussion ensembles are always great - you hear music there you don’t hear anywhere else.”
Tickets for the Percussion Group Cincinnati also range from $8-12.