Archive for Wednesday, June 6, 2012

KMTA to host two concerts at Baker University

June 6, 2012

The Kansas Music Teachers Association will host concerts Friday and Saturday at Baker University as part of the association’s annual conference, which is a conference for independent and collegiate music teachers.

Friday’s concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Rice Auditorium and will include Fred Karpoff, the Overland Park Orchestra and Chi (Barry) Zhang, 12, and Emily Shehi, 13, winners of the 2012 Kansas Music Teachers Association Mozart Concerto Competition.

Karpoff is a featured clinician at the KMTA conference and will play the piano for the concert. Zhang, who plays piano, and Shehi, who plays violin, will each perform with the Orchestra.

KMTA President Sally Buxton said the association usually tries to book up-and-coming musicians to perform for the concert, and because Karpoff fits that profile and is also a clinician, he was a top pick.

“We like when they’re an educator and performer with experience in what we need to know about,” Buxton said.

Saturday’s concert will be a chance for KMTA to showcase its new program Kansas Ambassadors. The concert is scheduled to begin at 3:15 p.m. in McKibbin Recital Hall.

The concerts are free and open to the public, although there will be a free-will donation available.

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