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Sunday, February 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m. Gold Medalist of the 2008 New Orleans International Piano Competition, Spencer Myer is garnering stellar audience and critical acclaim from around the globe, rapidly establishing himself as one of the most outstanding pianists of his generation. Spencer Myer also captured First Prize in the 10th UNISA International Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa, as well as special prizes for the best performances of Bach, the commissioned work, the semifinal round recital and both concerto prizes in the final round. Spencer will be the National Solo Recitalist at the 2014 MTNA National Conference in Chicago, IL. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 7:30pm, MRH - Steven Hesla, a faculty member at The University of Montana since 1978, received his Bachelor of music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Oberlin, Ohio, and his Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana. A highlight of his career was the great joy of performing Rachmaninoff’s 2nd piano concerto last February with 50 outstanding UM and Community musicians under the direction of Dr. Luis Millàn. This year’s program features Bach’s Italian Concerto, Ravel’s Miroirs, Copland’s Four Piano Blues, Five Gershwin songs as arranged by the composer, and Chopin’s glorious Barcarolle.  Welcome!

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 3:00 p.m.Our Guest Artist clinician for UM Keyboard Society Spring Festival, Sasha Starcevich has given recitals at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, Windsor Castle, and in London’s Wigmore Hall, where critics acclaimed: “The repertoire was brilliantly conceived; a thoroughly enjoyable recital at every level.”  A devoted and highly successful teacher, Sasha was recently the proud teacher of the national winner of the MTNA­­-Kawaii Junior Piano Competition in Anaheim, CA.  Starcevich’s program will feature Schubert’s Drei Klavierstücke, D. 946, Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie, Op. 61, and Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Handel.  A free, public masterclass will take place in the Music Recital Hall on February 28 from 3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m. -  Pianist Robert Satterlee has developed a reputation as an accomplished and versatile solo recitalist and chamber musician.  He plays regularly throughout the United States, delighting audiences with his incisive and imaginative performances.  He has appeared on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago, San Francisco’s Old First Concert Series, the Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota, and at numerous Music Teachers National Association national conferences.  Robert is a native Montanan from Whitefish, a former student of UM Faculty Emeritus Dennis Alexander, and a former UM Piano Camper! Satterlee’s program includes: Bach's Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Ravel's Le tombeau de Couperin, two of Rzewsk's Four North American Ballads, and Liszt's Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H. A free, public masterclass will take place on Wednesday, April 9th from 3-5 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.