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Dr. Ernest Kramer, Northwest professor of piano and harpsichord, will perform on the University’s Richard Kingston late Flemish, two-manual harpsichord, a Baroque-era replica during the Symphony Orchestra's April 10 concert.

Dr. Ernest Kramer, Northwest professor of piano and harpsichord, will perform on the University’s Richard Kingston late Flemish, two-manual harpsichord, a Baroque-era replica during the Symphony Orchestra's April 10 concert. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

April 2, 2012

Harpsichord to be featured during April 10 orchestra concert

By Cynthia Creek, media assistant

The Northwest Missouri State University Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Monty Carter, will present a unique concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

The concert will feature Dr. Ernest Kramer, Northwest professor of piano and harpsichord, on the University’s Richard Kingston late Flemish, two-manual harpsichord, a Baroque-era replica. Student Concertmaster Alysa Kramer, a senior vocal music education and voice major from Blue Springs, also will be featured as a soloist, performing the haunting “Theme from Schindler’s List,” composed by John Williams.

The Symphony Orchestra’s program also will include the “Concerto No. 11 in D Major” by Franz Joseph Haydn and music from “Pirates of the Caribbean,” arranged by Ted Ricketts.

“This is the first time in 10 years the public will be able to hear the harpsichord in a large work and the very first time the harpsichord has been featured with the Northwest orchestra,” Ernest Kramer said.  

He has played the harpsichord for more than 30 years and studied under Dr. Charles Brown while a doctoral student at the University of North Texas. Northwest acquired the harpsichord in 1981, and world-famous harpsichordist Igor Kipnis performed on the instrument in a series of concerts during March 1990 at Northwest.

“From Haydn’s Concerto to Verdi’s ‘Force of Destiny,’ our concert sparkles with a legacy of celebrated composers, of passionate Northwest faculty and of dedicated symphony members graduating to the endeavors that await them,” Carter said.

The Northwest Symphony Orchestra is a full orchestra, consisting of woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings. The ensemble performs three concerts a year. Its mission is to contribute to the musical development of its members and to the cultural life of Northwest, Maryville and surrounding areas.

For more information contact Carter at 660.562.1326 or monty@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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