ICM Orchestra Concert at Park University to Feature Pianist Behzod Abduraimov, Trumpeter Keith Benjamin

The Park University International Center for Music’s 2016-17 concert season will conclude on Sunday, April 30, as the ICM Orchestra takes the stage for a concert starting at 4 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

The performance will provide Kansas City area classical music aficionados a rare opportunity to hear one of the top young pianists of this generation — Behzod Abduraimov — who won the 2009 London International Piano Competition and currently serves as the ICM artist-in-residence. In addition to Abduraimov, Keith Benjamin, professor of trumpet in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance, will be a special guest.

The ICM Orchestra, led by Steven McDonald, director of orchestral activities, consists of 17 students in the International Center for Music. Violinist Laurel Gagnon, senior applied music/strings, Hookset, N.H., is the concertmaster. The following selections are scheduled to be performed: •“Sinfonia No. 2 for Strings in D Major,” composed by Felix Mendelssohn •“Adagio and Fugue in C Minor, K. 546,” composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart •“Five Pieces for String Orchestra, Op.44, No. 4,” composed by Paul Hindemith •“Piano Concerto No.1, Op. 35,” composed by Dmitri Shostakovich (featuring Abduraimov and Benjamin)

For ICM Orchestra cellists Mansur Kadirov, 2014 graduate and currently pursuing graduate certificate in music performance, and Dilshod Narzillaev, freshman applied music/strings major, both from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the concert will be their final performance before embarking on a trip to Brussels, Belgium, to participate in the cello division of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, beginning Monday, May 8. Both are students of Daniel Veis, assistant professor of music/cello in the ICM,

The International Center for Music’s 2017-18 concert season schedule will be announced this summer. For more information about the ICM, visit www.park.edu/icm.

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