Douglas Jurs, Guest Faculty Piano Recital October 21 at Laidlaw


Posted on October 16, 2015 by Keith Bohnet Keith Bohnet


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Dr. Douglas Jurs, Guest Faculty Pianist

Guest faculty pianist, Dr. Douglas Jurs, will present a solo piano recital on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The program includes Debussy’s Children’s Corner Suite, Schubert’s Impromptus, Op.90, Scriabin’s Sonata No.9 “Black Mass” and Heinrich’s Banjo Quickstep.

Tickets for this Department of Music event will be sold at the door only.  Admission is $8 general and $5 for USA faculty & staff, USA students, youths under 18 and all senior citizens (cash or check only).  Persons needing more information about this event or in need of special accommodation may call (251) 460-7116 or (251) 460-6136.

About the performer

"As impressive as a teacher as he is a performer," (Calcutta Telegraph), pianist Douglas Jurs has performed throughout North America, Europe, and beyond.  He is in his first year as Assistant Professor of Music at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  For the 2015-2016 season, Dr. Jurs will be performing throughout the Southeast and Northeast as soloist and collaborative pianist.

Recent performances include a two-week residency in India as a guest of Kolkata Classics, where Dr. Jurs presented several collaborative concerts in Kolkata and Jamshedpur, as well as master classes and private lessons for students at the Calcutta School of Music.  Of one of his performances there, the Telegraph wrote, "The performance was spectacular... the pianists had reached a level of near-telepathic coordination."

While Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia 2012-2015, Dr. Jurs performed all over the Southeast with colleagues from throughout the state, including principal musicians from the Albany and Valdosta symphonies.  With violinist Brent Williams (member of the award-winning Enhake Quartet), Dr. Jurs formed Duo Antheil, a group committed to exploring the diversity of American music for violin and piano.  Other recent collaborative partners include members of the Azalea String Quartet, New York pianist Tanya Gabrielian, University of Georgia trumpet professor Brandon Craswell, and the internationally acclaimed Milwaukee-based Present Music Ensemble.

Dr. Jurs received his degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  At Indiana, he double-majored in Piano and English literature, was a Friends of Music Fellow, and rode for the Cutters Cycling team.  His studies with Marc Durant at the Banff Centre for the Arts and with the SITI Theater Company in New York were also transforming experiences.  He lives in Meadville, PA with his wife and two children and is excited for sledding this winter.

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Need directions to Laidlaw?  Just go to Google Maps at www.maps.google.com and enter "USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center."  We're actually on the corner of University Blvd. and USA Drive South.

Musical Arts Series Season Pass Holders may now reserve their place at concerts if they contact events coordinator Keith Bohnet by 5:00 p.m. the day previous to the event!  Call (251) 460-7116 or email kbohnet@southalabama.edu.  Please mention the amount of seats needed AND be sure you are planning on being in place at least 20 minutes in advance of the concert!  (Pass Holders only please!  Held seats not claimed within 20 minutes of the performance may be offered to other concert attendees.)

For information on how to join the Musical Arts Society, visit our website at www.southalabama.edu/music and click on "events and programs" to see everything you need to know about the Musical Arts Concert Series and USA's Musical Arts Society.

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