Guest pianist to visit university, area schools The University of South Dakota Department of Music will host visiting artist Jack Winerock of the University of Kansas at Lawrence Feb. 24-26, as part of its 11th annual Keyboard Days.
Each year the Department of Music keyboard area sponsors a visiting pianist of national or international prominence. The artist works with university and area pianists and teachers through workshops, masterclasses, adjudication and recitals. In addition to that, Winerock will take the interactions a step further with a visit to Vermillion area public schools on Thursday, Feb. 24.
After Winerock's public school visits, he will join USD Department of Music for the 11th annual Keyboard Days. All events, free and open to the public, will be held in the Colton Recital Hall of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts. The activities begin at 8 p.m. Thursday with the Truran Piano Scholars Recital, a performance by a group of USD piano students who are receiving piano scholarship funds from the Genevieve and John Truran Foundation.
Winerock will present a masterclass, workshop and recital on Friday as part of Keyboard Days. The masterclass runs from 10 a.m. to noon and will include participation by university and area pianists. A complimentary lunch with Winerock will be provided for registered guests at noon. Advance reservations are required for the lunch.
An arts advocacy workshop featuring Winerock will be held at 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday. During that session, he will discuss his commitment to visit and perform in public schools throughout the country, including Vermillion area schools. Winerock will present a solo recital of works by Beethoven, Ravel, Liszt, Chopin and American composers at 8 p.m., Friday.
The sixth annual Genevieve Truran High School Piano Competition for grades 8-12 will take place on Saturday. Winerock will assist USD keyboard faculty members Susanne Skyrm and Susan Keith Gray as adjudicators for the competition. The festivities will conclude on Saturday afternoon with a masterclass from 2 to 4 p.m., with pianist Byron Schenkman and university piano students. Schenkman is the harpsichordist with the early music group La Luna that will perform at America's Shrine to Music Museum.
As resident artist at the University of Kansas, Winerock has combined a performing career with teaching, defying tradition to play in elementary schools and rural communities, as well as the great concert halls of the world. A specialist in American piano music, he often plays a school program showing America's history through its music � piano music from the Civil War era and continuing with MacDowell, Gottschalk, Copland, Gerschwin and others.