Sept. 20, 1996

Costa to perform as guest soloist with KU Symphony Orchestra

Sequeira Costa, Cordelia B. Murphy distinguished professor of piano, will be guest soloist with the KU Symphony Orchestra for its first performance of the 1996-97 season. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, in the Lied Center.

Brian Priestman, KU director of orchestral activities, is conductor of the 89-piece symphony. "A Slavic Evening" is the theme for the performance.

The program includes "Moldau (Vltava)" by Bedrich Smetana, the founder of the Czecho-Slovak musical tradition; Piano Concerto in F minor, op. 21, No. 2, by Frederick Chopin; and "Pictures at an Exhibition," a 15-part work by Modest Mussorgsky with orchestration by Maurice Ravel.

Costa teaches extensively in master classes worldwide and sits on the juries of some of the most prestigious international music competitions, including the Chopin, Leeds, Marguerite Long, Montreacuteal, Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky. He is founder and president of the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition, established in memory of his teacher and mentor, Josegrave; Vianna da Motta.

Costa has a distinguished career as a solo pianist and also performs as a soloist with major orchestras around the world.

Tickets, available at the KU box offices, are $6 for the public and $6 and $4 for students and senior citizens.

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