Kent Keyboard Series Concludes 2017-18 Season With Renowned Pianist Logan Skelton on April 22
The Kent Keyboard Series at Kent State University concludes its 2017-18 season with pianist Logan Skelton on Sunday, April 22, at 5 p.m. in Ludwig Recital Hall.
Mr. Skelton will open with two pieces from Béla Bartók’s “For Children, Part One.” Composed as a collection of pieces based on folk songs, he will perform No. 33 Stars, stars, brightly shine and No. 42 Swineherd Dance. Audience members will then enjoy Mr. Skelton’s own transcription of Bartók’s famous “Concerto for Orchestra.” After a brief intermission, he will then present Franz Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, S. 178. Composed as a single movement, its uninhibited and unrestrained nature creates the illusion of a free improvisation.
Mr. Skelton is a much-sought-after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. As a performer, he has concertized widely in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been featured on many public radio and television stations, including NPR's "Audiophile Audition," "Performance Today," "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," as well as on radio in China and national television in Romania. Highly recorded, he has produced albums with Centaur, Albany, Crystal, Blue Griffin and Naxos Records. His Centaur Records compact disc of all 20th century American solo piano music, titled American “Grab Bag: Piano Music of Our Time,” was described by “American Record Guide” as a “fascinating recording,” commenting on Skelton’s “superb, wonderfully subtle and elegant playing … Bravo!” Mr. Skelton also regularly appears at festivals such as Amalfi Coast, Eastman, Chautauqua Institution, New Orleans, Poland International, Indiana University and the Prague International Piano Masterclasses, among others.
A popular presenter, Mr. Skelton has appeared at numerous MTNA national conventions and EPTA World Piano Conferences. He also has served as Convention Artist for state conventions in New York, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, North Carolina, Wyoming, Indiana, Ohio and Iowa. As a clinician, he has given countless performances and master classes at colleges and conservatories throughout the world and is also a frequent juror for international piano competitions. As a composer, Skelton has a special affinity for art song, having composed more than 160 songs, including numerous song cycles, many of which have been recorded commercially and performed internationally. Critics have noted the close fusion of text and music in Mr. Skelton’s songs with “American Record Guide” describing how words are “ … illuminated with brilliance and deep emotional power.” According to “Fanfare,” Skelton is able to “ … plumb the depths of emotion … these are exquisitely crafted art songs in the American tradition … we are in the hands of someone who lives and breathes song.”
A devoted teacher, Mr. Skelton has been repeatedly honored by the University of Michigan, including receiving the 2003 Harold Haugh Award for excellence in studio teaching and, most recently, the highly prestigious 2017 Arthur F. Thurnau named professorship. Mr. Skelton’s current and former piano students have won awards in many national and international competitions including San Antonio, Cincinnati World, Washington, Fischoff, Iowa, Eastman, Crescendo, Dallas, Missouri Southern, Los Angeles Liszt, Liszt-Garrison, Beethoven Sonata, Ithaca, Piano Arts, Janáček, Seattle, New York, Oberlin and Idyllwild, among others. His former students also hold positions of prominence in music schools and conservatories throughout the world. He has served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Missouri State University, and is currently director of doctoral studies in piano performance at the University of Michigan.
Now in its 16th year, the Kent Keyboard Series has hosted an impressive roster of guest pianists from around the country, including Eduardus Halim, Peter Takács and Sandra Shapiro, along with Kent State faculty members Jerry Wong and Donna Lee. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 330-672-2787 (ARTS), at www.kent.edu/music/buy-tickets or in-person. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and Kent State faculty, $10 for groups of 10 or more, and $8 for non-Kent State students and Kent State students ineligible for the Fee for Free. Tickets are free for full-time Kent Campus undergraduate students and those under 18. Ludwig Recital Hall is located at 1325 Theatre Drive in the Center for the Performing Arts on the Kent Campus. Ample free parking is available.