Concert to honor Turk, Cliburn

TRAVIS HULL
Staff Writer

The KC piano students will perform a concerto 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5, in the Van Cliburn Auditorium. This concert will be in memory of Van Cliburn and Anne Dean Turk

The five students performing are Brittany Crowe, Alan Zamarron, Shaelyn Baas, Radiance Williams and Melodi King. The chosen pieces are from Beethoven, Mozart and Rahbee concerti.

“I hope through my performance I am able to leave the audience hungry for more classical music,” said Crowe. “The most difficult part of preparing for this is trying to find the perfect ‘show-stopping’ dress.”

Aran Kim, special guest and former Van Cliburn and Anne Dean Turk Scholarship recipient, will be performing. Kim, of South Korea, attended KC from 2004-2006. She will perform the piece that made Cliburn a world-renown performer, Tchaikovsky’s “Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor.”

Two distinguished guests – Annette Morgan and Dr. Richard Parrish – will share special memories of Turk and Cliburn.

Morgan, KC’s director of financial aid, was a close friend of Cliburn, and Parrish was one of Turk’s students.

Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, will be directing the 40-piece orchestra accompanying the piano performers.

Even thought this is a free concert, it is a formal event and proper attire is required (no shorts, etc.). Sandra Siler, piano instructor, emphasized that those who can not stay for the complete 90-minute concert not come.

Children under the age of 6 and late arrivals will not be admitted. In respect to the focus of the performers, Siler will be enforcing the rules at the door during the concert.

“What better way to honor the memories of Van Cliburn and Anne Dean Turk than to host a first-class piano concert in their memory?” Siler said. “The legacies they left not only Kilgore College, but also the music community world-wide, will never be forgotten. We look forward to honoring them properly—through great music.”

For more information, contact Siler at 903-983-8120.