Ned Kirk to introduce new musical masterpieces to Lincoln audience
Looking for something to do in Lincoln this weekend? Wesleyan University’s “Bravo Bosendorfer” Concert series brings you Ned Kirk at the piano. This performance takes place on Sunday, October 30th at 3:00pm in O’Donnell Auditorium (50th Street and Huntington Ave.). Tickets: Adult, $12; Senior Citizens, $10; Students, $8. More information regarding tickets is available by calling 402-465-2269
Ned Kirk, chair of the music department at St. Mary’s University in Winona Minnesota, has been performing around the country and the world for the past 25 years. Sharing with Examiner readers, Kirk said; “my most memorable concert was in Mombasa, Kenya, two years ago when I gave a concert at an outdoor pavilion sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. It was incredibly hot and very, very humid, and there were monkeys screaming in the trees nearby, and all I could think was... How amazing is this!”
Although there will most likely not be any screaming monkeys at the performance in Lincoln this weekend, Kirk is hoping that the audience “will enjoy hearing new things.” He wants to present pieces that are lesser known, “but are absolutely masterworks.”
The first half of the program consists entirely of works by Beethoven, a well-loved composer, while the second half will introduce the audience to composers by the names of Medtner, Reger, Rzewski, and Kapustin. Most of the pieces will be new or unfamiliar to the audience, but “to balance that, I have included an audience favorite of Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata.” Even with the well-known piece, the audience will discover that there is more to the “Moonlight” Sonata than the first movement!
Kirk admitted that he has no favorites: “I love it all!” However, he hopes that “an audience favorite might be Rzewski because of the interesting mix of 20th Century techniques and Jazz themes – a very effective piece!”