Ann Tillery

Music professors are set to take the stage for the fourth annual Concert-on-the-Platte Series at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.  The first concert will feature UNK faculty member Nathan Buckner performing a piano duet with Jonathan Sokasits of Hastings College on Monday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Buckner and Sokasits are both associate professors in the Music and Performing Arts departments at their respective universities.   “We have similar interests in music composed for the piano, but curiously this is our first collaboration,” Buckner said.

Buckner and Sokasits will play a duet composed by Franz Schubert.  “The recital is devoted to music for one piano, but four-hands.  Schubert is a contemporary of Beethoven and historically was the most prolific composer of four-hand piano music,” Buckner said.  According to Buckner, they will play two of Schubert’s multi-movement sonatas.

Buckner holds performance degrees from The Juilliard School, Indiana University and the University of Maryland.  Jonathan holds performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin and served on the faculty of Ithaca College in New York State before moving to Nebraska.

Concert-on-the-Platte is an on-going series of seventeen recitals where UNK faculty members perform with guests the Music and Performing Arts department invites to campus.  “The series was formed to furnish our music majors with professional examples of classical recitals in different music media including vocal, instrumental and piano,” Buckner said.

Admission for the concert is free and open to the public.

Fall 2002 Concert Schedule (all concerts start at 7:30 p.m.): 

Monday, September 30:

Franziska Nabb- faculty flute recital
Monday, October 7: Jean-Ronald LaFond, guest voice recital and Catherine Hanna- piano
Thursday, October 24: Robert Roux- guest piano recital
Monday, November 11: Meadowlark Trio/ faculty/guest Chamber recital- Franziska Nabb-flute, Marianne Fuerst-cello, Marilyn Musick-piano
Monday, November 18: Platte River Jazz including James F. Payne- trumpet, Greg Tesdall- saxophone, Wes Hird-guitar, Dale Hopkins- keyboard, Bonnie Payne-bass, Ron Crocker- drums
Monday, November 25: Michael J. Cochran- guest voice recital and Ian Moschenross- piano
Monday, December 2: Darleen Mitchell- faculty composition recital

Spring 2003 Concert Schedule

Monday, February 3: Nathan Buckner- faculty piano recital
Monday, February 10: Stephen Branch- faculty voice recital and Carol Gangwish- piano
Monday, February 17: Jason Edwards- faculty woodwind recital
Monday, February 24: Manabu Takasawa- guest piano recital
Thursday, March 13:  Sandhill Trio/faculty/guest Chamber recital- Sachiho Murasugi- violin, Jeffrey Schoyen- cello, Nathan Buckner- piano
Monday, March 24: Anne Foradori and Valerie Cisler- faculty voice/piano recital
Monday, April 7: Jung-Hwa Lee- guest piano recital
Monday, April 14: Laszlo Fenyo- guest cello recital
Monday, April 28: James Cook and Zsuzsa Balint- faculty/guest piano recital.