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2018-19 UT Piano Series in February features a guest pianist and a baritone performing Schubert’s ‘Die Schöne Müllerin’

The University of Toledo Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series welcomes guest pianist Gabriel Dobner and baritone Kevin McMillan to perform Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin (The Beautiful Miller). 

The concert will be held Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the UT Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall. Dobner and McMillan will also present a master class Saturday, February 9 at 10 a.m. It is free and open to the public. Parking is also free.

The recital program will be “Die Schöne Müllerin op. 25, D. 795” by Franz Schubert. Also known as “Beautiful Miller,” the work is based on poems by Wilhelm Müller that tell the story of a young man who pursues to the bitter end his love for a miller’s beautiful daughter.

Both Dobner and McMillan are on faculty in the School of Music at James Madison University. A professor of piano, Dobner joined the faculty at James Madison University in the fall of 2001. Previous teaching engagements include Indiana University and the Nürnberg/Augsburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany. He received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University, where he studied with Ludmila Lazar. He then went on to Indiana University in Bloomington to earn his master’s degree with James Tocco, as well as his doctoral degree with Leonard Hokanson.

Mr. Dobner has recorded and performed nationally and internationally. He performs regularly (including an appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.) with pianist Lori Piitz as part of a piano duo team. These musical collaborations have led to performances in many major concert venues throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

After preliminary schooling at the Universities of Guelph and Western Ontario in Canada, Mr. McMillan studied at the Britten-Pears School in England and attained a master's degree at the Juilliard School in New York. His primary focus has always been the oratorio and orchestral repertoire, and his vocal flexibility and scholarly musicianship have afforded him a broad range of styles and periods - from Monteverdi and Bach to Britten and Penderecki. Professor McMillan joined the faculty of the James Madison University in 2009.

Critics have praised McMillan’s “elegant lyric baritone voice” and “singularly remarkable interpretive skills" in appearances with virtually every major North American orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco Symphony.

He has also established a presence in Europe, with appearances in centers such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague. He has worked with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jarvi, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Hellmuth Rilling and the late Robert Shaw and Sergiu Commissiona.

Editor’s Note: Final concert in the series this year: Guest Pianist, Joseph Kingma on Saturday, April 6 (free master class, 10 a.m.) and Sunday, April 7 (free recital, 3 p.m.).




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