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Composer and pianist Keane Southard to present recital at Peru State this Thursday, April 5


(Peru, Neb.) Keane Southard, pianist/composer in residence at the KHN Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, will perform a recital at Peru State College (PSC) at 11 a.m. this Thursday, April 5 in the Jindra Fine Arts Recital Hall. The public is invited to attend the free event.

As a pianist, Southard is dedicated to the performance of unknown/under-performed piano works that deserve to be more well-known. Past recitals have included works of Ives, Finzi, Rzewski, Pann and Gottschalk. Thursday’s program will include an original composition by Southard as well as compositions by William Bolcom and Careter Pann.

Described as “highly-professional and well-orchestrated,” by the Portland Press Herald, Southard’s compositions are an amalgamation of many diverse musical influences, from medieval chant to 70’s rock, Bach to blues and German romanticism to Latin dance forms. His work has been performed by ensembles such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Longfellow Chorus and Orchestra, Colla Voce, University of Colorado Wind Symphony, Juventas New Music Ensemble, Tesla Quartet, Playground Ensemble, Encore Wind Ensemble and Ars Nova Singers. 

Southard has been a recipient of many awards, including the Alice Procter Composition Award from the New England Piano Teachers’ Association, Irl Allison Sr. Award from the American College of Musicians’ Composition Contest, Student Composer Award from the American Art Song Competition, Victor Herbert/ASCAP award from the National Federation of Music Clubs, Lee Goldstein Composition Award from Baldwin-Wallace College, Cecil Effinger Composition Award and George Lynn Prize from the University of Colorado-Boulder, Charles B. Olson Young Composer Award, and Ars Nova Singers Colorado Composers Competition. He also won first place in the Longfellow Chorus International Composers Cantata Competition.