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World-Renowned Pianist to Join KU Orchestra

October 7, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Steinway artist Sandra Rivers will hold a three-day residency at Kutztown University, from Nov. 3 - 5. Rivers' visit will include a lecture on racism and sexism in classical music, a piano master class and a special concert with the Kutztown University Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Schwarz. Schwarz has invited talented high school musicians from the Lehigh Valley to join the orchestra for this event.

One of the first African-American students at the Juilliard School of Music, Rivers taught in the New York City public school system for three years. During this time she was held at gunpoint twice and was put under "protection" by a gang who escorted her from the subway to the school. While teaching she won Best Collaborative Artist at the Tchaikovsky Competition, making her one of the most sought after pianists of her generation.

Rivers has performed with many of the world's leading soloists, including Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang and Midori. She has appeared twice on "The Tonight Show," and is known for her lectures on the challenges faced by minorities and women in classical music.

All events are free and open to the public.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Open Rehearsal with the KU Orchestra
Sunday, November 3
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium

"Racism and Sexism in Classical Music" followed by a Q/A session
Sunday, November 3
5:45 - 7:00 p.m.
Georgian Room, Old Main

Piano Master Class
Monday, November 4
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Georgian Room, Old Main

KU Orchestra Concert
Tuesday, November 5
7:30 p.m.
Schaeffer Auditorium