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Dr. Symeon Waseen will perform with American pianist Stephen Swedish

 Dr. Symeon Waseen
 Waseen
 Stephen Swedish
 Swedish
Dr. Symeon Waseen, Black Hills State University music professor, will perform one of his personal compositions with American pianist Stephen Swedish during a recital Saturday in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.

The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will include Schubert’s “Trout Quintet” with string players from the Black Hills region, along with selections including Debussy’s L’isle joyeuse and Dialogues written by Waseen. “We will perform one part of a larger set of pieces I’ve been working on,” he said. Still a work in progress, the selection is a conversation between two people. The performance will feature Waseen and Swedish playing together on one piano.

“We are really lucky to have him here,” Waseen said. “It is a great opportunity for our students to see an internationally known guest artist.”

Swedish has built an international reputation as an outstanding soloist and one of the great chamber music pianists and collaborators on the stage today. He has performed on five continents with some of the world's great artists. He received his bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees in music from the renowned School of Music at Indiana University. While only in his second year at Indiana, he was invited by cellist Janos Starker to be his regular recital partner. Together they toured the world and recorded some of the great literature for cello and piano. He has produced recordings with several record labels. Swedish is sought after as a master teacher and as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras around the world. He is currently serving as artistic ambassador for the U.S. State Department and, in that capacity, has recently traveled to many places including Azerbaijan, Kazahkstan, the Republic of Georgia, and Chile.

During his visit to the Black Hills, Swedish will conduct a masters class at Black Hills Piano Gallery Friday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.; present at Spearfish High School Saturday, Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.; and present at the Dahl Arts Center Sunday, Sept. 30 at 3 p.m. He also performed with the Central High School Chamber Orchestra.

The recital at BHSU is free and open to the public. Donations will be taken to support the BHSU Friends of Music, an organization that raises money for BHSU music student scholarships.

For more information contact Dr. Randall Royer at 605-642-6255 or Randall.Royer@BHSU.edu. To learn more about the BHSU Music Program visit www.BHSU.edu/Music.

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