A Winter Fantasie – 4 February 2012

Michael Gurt and Peter Bay after their 7 June 2011 performance of Franz Liszt's "Piano Concerto No. 1"

Michael Gurt and Peter Bay conclude their 7 June 2011 performance of Franz Liszt’s “Piano Concerto No. 1” which took place during the 2011 Season

Saturday, 4 February 2012 the Hot Sprigs Music Festival will combine forces with music faculty from Henderson State University and present two exciting concerts of piano and brass music. The first concert begins at noon in Hot Springs Village’s Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church. At 7:00 pm the concert will be repeated at the Charles and Anita Cabe Theater in Gurdon.

The Winter Fantasie Concert, sponsored in part by Summit Bank and Lookout Point Lakeside Inn, will feature a varied program including HSMF Piano Mentor Michael Gurt with Music Advisor and Conductor Peter Bay narrating Francis Poulenc’s “Babar the Elephant.”

Also on the program HSMF General Director Todd Cranson, tuba, will join with his Henderson State University music colleagues Jamie Lipton, euphonium and Heather Thayer, horn in a performance of John Stevens’ “Triangles.”

Rounding out the program will be numerous solo works for piano and brass including Simone Mantia’s virtuosic “Fantasie Originale” performed by Jamie Lipton and Michael Gurt.

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the Hot Springs Music Festival office at (501) 623-4763. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students, and the Festival accepts visa, mastercard, and discover.

The Charles and Anita Cabe Auditorium is located at #1 GoDevil Rd in Gurdon, AR, 2 miles south of town on Hwy 67 South.

Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church is located at 275 Asturias Drive, Hot Springs Village, AR.

About the musicians:

Michael Gurt, now in his seventh season as Collaborative Piano Mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival, is the Paula Garvey Manship Distinguished Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University and has performed as soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Mr. Gurt is a favorite musician and entertainer among Hot Springs Music Festival audiences!

Peter Bay, now in his second season as Music Advisor and Conductor of the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra, is Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in Texas. Maestro Bay brings a wealth of musical knowledge and ability to the Festival and for this concert will lend his eloquent voice as he narrates the story of “Babar the Elephant.”

Todd Cranson has served as Tuba Mentor since 2007 but is now in his first year as the General Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival. Todd is also Adjunct Instructor of Tuba and Bass Trombone at Henderson State University.

Dr. Jamie Lipton, Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Henderson State University, is a sought after euphonium soloist and competition winner and was recently invited to perform at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Linz, Austria.

Dr. Heather Thayer is Adjunct Instructor of Horn at Henderson State University, Ouachita Baptist University, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Austin College. Dr. Thayer is also the principal horn of the Sherman Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra.

About the Hot Springs Music Festival:

Season XVII of the Hot Springs Music Festival will take place 3-16 June 2012. This June the Spa City will once again overflow with music as 200+ international musicians rehearse and perform over 20 low-cost concerts and 250 free open rehearsals of the symphony orchestra and chamber ensembles in the casual atmosphere of Hot Springs’ Historic Downtown District. USA Today says, “The Hot Springs Music Festival is a classical music wonder.”

Summit BankThe Hot Springs Music Festival, now in its seventeenth season, is one of the premier festivals in the nation devoted to classical music. Since its inaugural season in 1996, it has apprenticed more than1800 pre-professional musicians from 24 countries; attracted over 300,000 audience members to its various concerts and open rehearsals, and reached 41.7 million listeners through National Public Radio broadcasts of its concerts.

The mission of the Hot Springs Music Festival is twofold: (1) to provide performance experience and mentorship opportunities to especially talented international pre-professional musicians, and (2) to provide high-quality music performances and performing arts-related activities at reasonable cost to residents of and visitors to Arkansas and the Hot Springs community.

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