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Jan. 31, 2017
By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University will present a two-day Scott Joplin Piano Festival featuring pianist Dr. Scott Carrell, Sunday, Feb. 26, and Monday, Feb. 27.
Carrell will headline the festival with an evening piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. The festival also includes an afternoon lecture about Joplin’s life and music at 2 p.m. Feb. 27 in Room 244 of the Fine Arts Building. At 3 p.m. Feb. 27, Northwest music students will perform piano ragtime pieces by Scott Joplin in the Charles Johnson Theater.
The piano festival is funded through an Improvement of Teaching and Learning grant at Northwest. Professor of Music Dr. Ernest Kramer, along with Dr. Anthony Olson, professor of music, and Dr. Charles Badami, senior instructor of computer science and information systems, submitted the grant request.
Joplin was born in the late 1860s and is known as the “King of Ragtime.” He also is known as the genre’s most prominent composer. Joplin’s “The Maple Leaf Rag” is the largest-selling ragtime song in history.
“He is largely responsible for inventing ragtime through his solo piano compositions that were called rags,” Kramer said. “He even lived for a while in Sedalia, Missouri. He fits in well with Northwest’s goals of inclusion and diversity.”
Carrell, professor of music at Harding University, has performed for audiences in the U.S., Europe and China, presenting innovative programs of both classical and jazz works, including discussion of the works and the composers.
A native of Texas, Carrell has performed numerous recitals as soloist and as collaborator, including concerto appearances with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, the Southwestern University Orchestra, the Plainview Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the Little Rock Wind Symphony, and twice with the Harding University/Community Orchestra.
An active chamber musician, he co-founded the Searcy Chamber Music Series and has performed on many of its concerts. He also has performed in recital and small ensembles in Florence, Italy, and Mainz, Germany. In 2014, he was invited to Guangzhou, China, to perform a concert, give lectures and teach piano students in masterclasses.
Receiving degrees from Southwestern University, the University of Illinois and the D.M.A. from the University of North Texas, he studied with internationally-known artists Drusilla Huffmaster, Ian Hobson, and Vladimir Viardo and participated in master classes with Abbey Simon, Gail Delente and Dominique Merlet. The French Piano Institute awarded him a prize for the best performance of a work by Henri Dutilleux at the 1996 FPI Festival in Paris, France. He was twice honored with the Teacher Achievement Award from Harding University, for the 2003-2004 and 2012-2013 academic years.
In 2005 his compact disc, “Crossings” was released, including the world premiere recording of the title work, an original composition based on a painting by an Arkansas artist. Another disc, “Ragtime Memories,” was released in 2007. Other recent premieres of original works include a “Suite for Brass Quintet,” “Dance for Oboe and Piano” and “Conversation” for double-reed trio. Carrell also is recording a disc of piano works by the French composer Noël Gallon.
An active member of the Arkansas State Music Teachers, he has presented sessions at both regional and state conferences and served as the state coordinator for the student composition competition. His judging activities include students at all levels, from local festivals to national competitions.
At 8 a.m. Feb. 27, the festival concludes with Carrell working one-on-one with select Northwest students in a master class.
All events are free and open to the public.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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