WINONA, Minn. – Pianist Ned Kirk will interpret Beethoven and others Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, at Saint Mary’s University, concluding the 2009-2010 Page Series. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 13, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14, in Figliulo Recital Hall, located in the SMU Performance Center.
Kirk, known locally as the artistic and managing director of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and as the chair of Saint Mary’s Department of Music, is an electrifying and sensitive interpreter of Beethoven. His technique is “impeccable” and his musicianship has been described as “marvelous.”
For the past 25 years, Kirk has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician, and the 2009-2010 concert season has included performances on four continents. In the United States he is appearing in concerts from coast to coast, with recital performances in California, Nevada, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina and Florida. Other highlights include concerto engagements with the Minnesota Orchestra and music director Osmo Vänskä at both Sommerfest and the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, as well as a concerto performance with the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra in Wisconsin. Overseas performances include 10 recitals in Kenya, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, and China. For the 2010-2011 season, Kirk will be performing in Germany, Singapore and China, as well as the United States.
Since 2007, Kirk has served as artistic and managing director of the Minnesota Beethoven Festival. Now in its fourth season, the festival is dedicated to showcasing the tremendous talent found in the region, as well as featuring some of the most important international concert artists of our time.
Kirk studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the University of Massachusetts- Amhearst, and the University of Washington.
He is also an associate professor of piano and chair of the Music Department at Saint Mary’s University. Visit his website at www.nedkirk.com.
Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for students and seniors and are available at the SMU Box Office, (507) 457-1715, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays or online at www.pagetheatre.org.