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Piano series to continue Feb. 4-5

The Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series will continue with guest pianist Caroline Hong visiting campus this weekend.

Hong will present a master class Saturday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. and a recital Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Hong

Hong

Her program will feature “The Goldberg Variations” by Johann Sebastian Bach, originally for harpsichord.

“[‘The Goldberg Variations’] have never been performed on the UT piano series. But they are always a treat to hear in a live performance,” said Dr. Michael Boyd, UT professor of piano, who organizes pianists for the series.

The work comes with an interesting tale about its origin, Boyd added. Legend has it that Bach composed the work for a count who suffered from insomnia. The count’s harpsichordist, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg, was pressed into service to perform the work whenever the count found himself up at night pacing the floors. While that may not be why the work was written, Goldberg is often credited as the first person to have played the variations, hence they bear his name.

Hong, associate professor of keyboard at Ohio State University, is internationally active as a soloist, chamber musician, lecturer and master class teacher at universities, institutions and competitions.

For more information on the piano series, contact Boyd at michael.boyd@utoledo.edu or 419.530.2183.

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