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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 17, 2011

Guest pianist bringing multimedia concert to Northwest

Megumi Masaki

Megumi Masaki

The Northwest Missouri State University and Maryville communities have a unique opportunity to experience piano music in a new way when award-winning pianist Megumi Masaki presents “Music 4 Eyes & Ears,” a multimedia concert merging modern classical music with digital imagery projected on a wide screen.

The free concert begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in the Charles Johnson Theater.

Masaki, whose performances fuse artificial and real worlds through sound, image and technology. has garnered critical acclaim in her native Canada as well as the United States, Asia and Europe. Megumi has recorded CDs of her piano works and duo works, for violin and piano, with Oleg Pokhanovski. She made her film debut in “Appassionata: The Extraordinary Life and Works of Eckhardt-Gramatté” for CBC's Opening Night. She also is the artistic director of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition.

Megumi records regularly for the CBC, has received numerous awards from the Canada Council, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Manitoba Arts Council and won the Willi-Daume Prize for her 2002 Winter Olympic multidisciplinary project “Music and the Olympic Games.” She is associate professor of piano at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada.

Magumi’s visit to Northwest is supported by an Academic Initiative Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Anthony Olson, Northwest associate professor of music, at 660.562.1318 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468