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CSU-Pueblo to host “Monster” piano concert on Nov. 7

Release Date: October 20, 2015

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO – Six grand pianos and more than 70 musicians will be featured as part of the “Monster” piano concert scheduled at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Hoag Recital Hall at Colorado State University-Pueblo. The concert is free of charge.

The concert is but one part of the Sixth annual Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival. The event will feature current CSU-Pueblo music students and faculty, CSU-Pueblo music alumni, as well as local piano teachers and their students. The program will include Bach Concerto for Four Keyboards and String Orchestra in A minor, Stars and Stripes Forever, and original works by composer and music department chair Dr. David Volk and Dr. David Cutler, University of South Carolina.

A reception (free to music alumni) will precede the concert at 6 p.m., but reservations are required by Nov. 1 through

Alumni performers will range from those who graduated just last year to some who graduated 30 years ago.

Associate Professor Zahari Metchkov said he will draw upon his relationships through the local music association to invite those teachers and their students to join in a variety of multiple piano and performer pieces.

“I have not delved into such a MONSTROUS  project before, but the message is that music and piano is for people of all ages who can work and play together,” he said.

Metchkov hopes to continue the tradition by inviting a different set of alumni to play each year. 

Find the complete program below:

Concerto for Four Keyboards in a minor                                       J. S. Bach (1675-1750)

 (4 pianos and charmer orchestra)

Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Dr. Stephanie Chen, Dr. Michael Schneider, Sara McDaniel

Chamber orchestra: Timothy Shu conductor, violin 1, violin 2, viola, cello, bass

Stars and Stripes Forever                                                               John Philip Sousa (1854-1932) arr.Wilberg

Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Drew Bartels, Josh Floyd, Sara Hassan, Dr. Michael Schneider, Dr. Stephanie Cheng

Scherzo6                                                                                                           Dr. David Volk

Linda Densmore, Josh Floyd, Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Dr. David Volk, Drew Bartels, Damion Kudel

1812 Variations                                                                                                                                          Dr. David Cutler 

(2 pianos, harpsichord, upright, prepared piano)

Dr. Michael Schneider, Sara McDaniel, Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Dr. Stephanie Cheng, Dr. David Cutler

Mission Impasta, Agent Santiago, Sugar Plum Feary        Composed and arranged by Aaron Garner

(6 pianos, 12 pianists)    Aaron Garner and Students

Siciliane                                                                                                                                              J. S. Bach (1675-1850)

(3 pianos, 6 pianists)  Elizabeth Zawadoswki, Dr. Michael Beck, Dr. Zahari Metchkov and friends

Military March                                                        Franz Schubert, arr.Pauer (1797-1828)

(6 pianos, 12 pianists)

Dr. Zahari Metchkov, Jeanette Cortez, Desiree Floyd, Josh Floyd, Saskia Hassan, Celeste Johnson, Kirsten Kleven, Eugene Everett, Sara McDaniel, Linda Densmore, Dr. Michael Beck, Aaron Garner

Rhumba                                                                                                  Robert Pace (1924-2010)

(4 pianos, 8 pianists)​​

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