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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Dec. 3, 2009

Guest pianist to help celebrate musical anniversaries


To help mark the 200-year anniversary since the birth of Felix Mendelssohn and the death of Franz Joseph Haydn, Northwest's Department of Music has invited pianist Dr. Paul Barnes to campus to a present a piano recital and to work with the department's piano students.

Barnes will present a recital program that will include piano works by Mendelssohn and Haydn alongside works by the American composers Victoria Bond and Phillip Glass. The recital will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, in the Charles Johnson Theater of the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

In addition, Barnes will conduct a piano masterclass at 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 7, in the Charles Johnson Theater followed by a noon lecture in Room 109.

Praised by the New York Times for his "Lisztian thunder and deft fluidity," and the San Francisco Chronicle as "ferociously virtuosic," Barnes has been featured four times on American Public Media's Performance Today and on the cover of Clavier Magazine. He has recently performed in England, China, Korea, Austria, Russia, Greece, Serbia and Hungary and in all major cities throughout the United States.

Barnes is professor and co-chair of piano at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music and teaches during the summer at the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna. He was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association.

For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Olson, associate professor of music at Northwest, at

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