- Pianist Kevin Kenner one of the foremost interpreters of
Romantic piano music has amazed audiences worldwide with
the extraordinary technique and depth of feeling in his performances.
University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in its next
"Traditions and Treasures" season concert March 6, Kenner
will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2 in C minor,
op. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.
is an exquisite pianist and one of great technique," said Jay
Dean, musical director of the orchestra. "He performed with
us on our 1999-2000 season and was well received. After that performance,
one of our own faculty members in the School of Music, Dr. Mary
Ann Stringer, remarked that Kenner's was among the finest piano
playing that she had ever heard."
concerti is one of the great Romantic pieces in the piano repertoire,"
said Stringer, dean of the College of the Arts and professor of
piano. "This work demands both virtuosity and lyricism
Kenner's playing displays both in abundance."
will open its "Priceless Musical Treasures" concert with
Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major, "Pastorale," op.
68. After intermission, the guest pianist will join the orchestra
for his performance of the piano concerto.
to the concert, Kenner will give a free master class to aspiring
pianists March 7 at 2 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium.
be better known for his passion for Frederic Chopin's music. His
last visit to Southern Miss also included a solo, multimedia concert
that commemorated the 150th anniversary of Chopin's death. His interest
in the classic composer began when Kenner was 12 and studying with
Polish pianist Krysztof Brzuza in San Diego, Calif. He then traveled
to Poland and continued his training with the late Ludwik Stefanski
of the Krakow Academy of Music.
At the 1990
Chopin International Piano competition in Warsaw, Kenner earned
first prize in addition to the People's Prize and the Polonaise
Prize. That same year, Kenner also won the bronze medal at the International
Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow thereby making him
one of a handful of artists ever to have medaled at both of the
most prestigious piano competitions in the world.
has taken him to many countries, and he has performed with many
orchestras and chamber ensembles. He is particularly interested
in four-handed literature that he performs with his wife, English
pianist Sonia Dembinska.
Miss Symphony season is sponsored by BancorpSouth. Tickets are $18,
$16 and $14 and are available through the Southern Miss Ticket Office
by calling (601) 266 5418 or 800-844-8425. Tickets may be ordered
online at www.tickets.usm.edu.