The award-winning Clark College Orchestra—under the direction of Donald Appert, Clark’s Music Department Chair— will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 18, as part of the 2016-2017 season “Lyric Sweets.” The concert will be held in the Royal Durst Theatre, located on the campus of the Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, 3101 Main St. in the Shumway neighborhood of Vancouver. Featured on the program is pianist Gregory Partain performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto. The orchestra will also perform Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and Suk’s Scherzo Fantastique.
Partain has toured Poland, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, and has performed as recitalist, chamber musician, or concerto soloist in most regions of the United States. Partain was the national winner of the 1986 KMS Competition in Seattle, leading to concert tours throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 1993, he won first prize in the Memphis Beethoven Club Competition, second prize in the International Bartok-Kabalevsky Competition in Radford, Virginia, and was a finalist in the Concert Artists Guild New York Competition. He has also been a finalist in the San Antonio International Piano Competition and the Beethoven Foundation Auditions in Indianapolis. In October 1999, Partain made his debut as a composer at the Kentucky Music Teachers Association (KMTA) state convention in Murray with the performance of his two songs for harp and soprano on poems of William Butler Yeats. Since then, he has taken over as KMTA Composition Chair. In the fall of 1997, Partain premiered a new concerto by colleague Larry Barnes with the Transylvania Orchestra under the direction of Ben Hawkins. While on sabbatical leave in 1999-2000, Partain prepared a series of three lecture recitals of the last five Beethoven Sonatas. He has since performed these programs in Boston, Columbus, Cincinnati, Louisville, at Ball State University, Centre College and at Transylvania University. Dr. Partain is also on the faculty of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program.
The concert is open to the public and admission is free. Donations to the Orchestra General Fund will be accepted at the door. For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts, including the orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble, and choirs, visit http://www.clark.edu/campus-life/arts-events/music/music-concerts.