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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 14, 2014

Northwest Chamber Orchestra concert to feature harpsichord

By Samantha Cole, media relations assistant

Dr. Ernest Kramer

Dr. Ernest Kramer

John Bell

John Bell

The Northwest Missouri State University Chamber Orchestra, featuring Dr. Ernest Kramer, professor of music at the University, will perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s Harpsichord Concerto in G Major at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Charles Johnson Theater.

Haydn was an Austrian composer from the Classical period who is known for his contribution to the development of the piano trio and the evolution of the sonata form. He is often called the “Father of the Symphony,” and was one of the most celebrated composers in Europe at the time of his death.

Kramer, who studied music in Vienna and teaches harpsichord at Northwest, has always had a personal connection with Haydn and his works. Additionally, a harpsichord at Northwest helps piano students gain an edge and become more well-rounded musicians.

“Northwest and the music department are proud owners of a Richard Kingston late Flemish two manual harpsichord, for which we are extremely thankful,” Kramer said. “It’s a rarity for even larger schools to have such a fine classical instrument like this one in-house, and even rarer for an audience to hear this particular instrument live.”

The Northwest Chamber Orchestra is conducted by artist-in-residence and adjunct instructor John Bell.  In addition to the Haydn concerto, Bell will be conducting works by Lully, Dittersdorf and Tchaikovsky.

“We are fortunate to have student performers from a wide variety of majors on campus, in addition to our students in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts who are pursuing degrees in music or music education,” Bell said. “It is vital for our music students to experience a variety of ensemble performance options.”

Tuesday’s concert is free and open to the public.

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