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Pianist Stephen Beus Coming for Lecture-Concert Series


JONESBORO – Classical pianist Stephen Beus will perform in the Lecture-Concert Series at Arkansas State University, Monday, Feb. 20.

His concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Dr.  Admission is free.

The concert will be presented with additional support from the College of Liberal Arts and Communication, The Department of Music, the Diversity Program and the Piano Society.

In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition and the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association.

"I first heard Stephen Beus at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, and I knew then he was destined for great things," said Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, professor of music.  "He was actually a Van Cliburn semi-finalist twice.  I heard him again when he was one of the featured artists at the 2010 Music Teachers National Conference in Albuquerque and enjoyed his playing just as much, if not more.  He is a first-rate pianist, with flawless technique, beautiful tone and great musicality.  I look forward to hearing him again, and I know the public will enjoy his interesting and varied program."

As a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra. He also has performed as guest soloist with the Gulbenkian Symphony, Oxford Philomusica, the Tivoli Symphony, as well as with a number of other orchestras throughout the world.

Beus is equally active as a soloist and has performed at Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot, Merkin Hall and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.  He holds degrees from The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University, and currently teaches at Brigham Young University.

The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State and the surrounding communities by bringing notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal to the campus, according to Dr. Tim Crist, Lecture-Concert Committee chair.

For more details about the series, interested individuals may visit the Lecture-concert Series website, http://www.AState.edu/lectureconcert, or contact Crist, tcrist@AState.edu, (870) 972‑2094.

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