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Pianist Avguste Antonov to Give U. S. Premiere at OPSU

Dr. Matthew Saunders on 02/11/2011 Avguste Antonov will present a masterclass and perform at OPSU Friday, February 18.—Courtesy photo Avguste Antonov will present a masterclass and perform at OPSU Friday, February 18.—Courtesy photo Goodwell, Okla.—Oklahoma Panhandle State University's 2010-2011 Guest Artist Series will continue on Friday, February 18 at 7:30pm in Centennial Theatre with a recital by pianist Avguste Antonov. The recital will include the first performance in the United States of Blue Fantasy by American composer Robert Rollin.

Mr. Antonov is a resident of Dallas, Texas, and received degrees from the University of Kansas and Texas Christian University. He has presented concerts and premieres throughout the United States and in France, and also appeared as soloists with several orchestras. Mr. Antonov is a dedicated performer of 20th and 21st century music and has performed World and US premieres at venues such as the University of Miami, University of Kansas and Youngstown State University. Over the years, he has worked with composers Carter Pann, John Mackey, Raina Murnak, John Arrigo-Nelson, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Michael Colgrass, Robert Rollin and many others.

In addition to his recital, Mr. Antonov will be presenting a masterclass at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 18 in which he will coach OPSU piano students. The masterclass is free and open to the public.

Tickets are available at the door for $5 for adults, $2 for seniors 55 and older, and free for students and school employees. Support for this recital is provided in part by the First National Bank of Texhoma.

OPSU's Department of Music offers students, staff and community members the opportunity to perform in five vocal and instrumental ensembles, in addition to presenting an annual Broadway style musical and opera scenes. OPSU students may work toward a Bachelor of Music in performance or pedagogy, or toward a music minor. For information on opportunities to perform or upcoming events, please contact Dr. Matthew Saunders, department chair, at (580) 349-1483 or matthew.saunders@opsu.edu.