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Grieg Piano Concerto – SIUE-SIUC Combined Orchestras
October 21 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The orchestras of both Southern Illinois campuses will combine for an evening of exceptional music with pianist Awadagin Pratt. Among his generation of concert artists, Pratt is acclaimed for his musical insight and intensely involved performances both in recital and with symphony orchestras.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pratt began studying piano at the age of 6. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Ill. with his family, he also started studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin, and conducting. He later graduated with degrees in those areas from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at John Hopkins University, making history as the first student at that institution to receive diplomas in three performance areas. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Pratt received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins as well as an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University. Pratt will perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor with the combined orchestra in the first half of the concert. The combined orchestras will perform Mahler Symphony No. 1 in the second half.