O’Conor to present recital, master class

O'Conor to present recital, master class The Department of Music at The University of South Dakota presents the internationally-acclaimed Irish pianist, John O'Conor, as the featured artist on the Rawlins Fall Visiting Artist Recital and Master Class Series.

O'Conor will perform a solo piano recital on Wednesday evening, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m. in Colton Recital Hall in the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts on The University of South Dakota campus. The recital includes works by Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, John Field, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Alexander Scriabin, and Alberto Ginastera.

On Thursday, Oct. 14, O'Conor will conduct a master class from 10 a.m. to noon in Colton Recital Hall for USD and area high school piano students. The public is invited to attend both of these free events.

O'Conor has garnered international praise for his impeccable technique, eloquent phrasing and mastery of keyboard color. Through his recitals, concerto appearances, and critically acclaimed recordings, O'Conor has earned a reputation as a masterful interpreter of the Classic and early Romantic piano repertories. Siouxland audiences had the opportunity to hear O'Conor in the spring of 1999 when he performed the Beethoven Second Piano Concerto with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra.

O'Conor first gained widespread attention in the United States in 1986 with the release of the initial volume of his complete recorded Beethoven sonata cycle, which was issued as a boxed set in 1994. CD Review described O'Conor's performances of these sonatas as "piano recording of the highest caliber and Beethoven playing at its best," and went on to say "This Beethoven series should be the complete set of choice for the next decade."

Highlights of O'Conor's past seasons include recitals, orchestral performances, and chamber music concerts in Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His 1998-99 season in North America includes recitals in Toronto and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

O'Conor is deeply committed to the development of young pianists in Ireland and throughout the world. He gives master classes and lectures in many of the places where he performs. In addition, he has served on the juries of some of the world's most prestigious music competitions, including the Cleveland International, the William Kapell, and the Gina Bachauer Competitions in the United States, and those in Sydney, Leeds, London, Munich, and Seoul.

The Rawlins Fall Visiting Artist Recital and Master Class Series is made possible by a gift from USD alumna Marjorie T. Rawlins of Balboa Island, CA.

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