Award-winning pianist to perform

Marshall University’s School of Music and Theatre will present American pianist Bobby Mitchell in a guest artist solo recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, in Smith Recital Hall on Marshall’s Huntington campus.

The event, free and open to the public, will feature Gershwin’s piano solo version of “Rhapsody in Blue,” as well as contemporary works by Mitchell himself and by world-renowned American composer Frederic Rzewski, dedicated to Mitchell.

“It is an honor for us to have him here,” Dr. Henning Vauth, assistant professor of piano at Marshall, said. “Bobby Mitchell is one of the few truly exciting young pianists, whose focus is promoting contemporary music. He has performed at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and is a personal friend of Frederic Rzewski, Steve Reich, and Louis Andriessen, some of the most highly regarded living American composers.”

In 2013, Mitchell was the first prize winner of the inaugural William Garrison Piano Competition, hosted by the American Liszt Society, Baltimore-Washington Chapter. He has performed as concerto soloist with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Noord Nederlands Orkest, Amman Symphony Orchestra, Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Concerto Armonico Freiburg, and the new-music ensemble OSSIA, among others.

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