October 17, 2014

Pianist Martin Katz to lecture, perform recital

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music will welcome collaborative pianist Martin Katz for an artist residency-on-campus Nov. 2-4. 

Katz’s visit focuses on teaching and culminates with a recital at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 4 with SIU faculty and students. All events are in the Old Baptist Foundation Recital Hall and free and open to the public. The SIU Student Fine Arts Activity Fee provided funding for this residency. 

Here’s a quick look at the schedule: 

Nov. 2 -- Master class, 1-3 p.m.; master class 4-6 p.m.

Nov. 3 -- Master class, 10 a.m.-noon; pianists’ workshop, 3:30-4:40 p.m.; master class 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 4 -- Diction workshop, 9-10 a.m.; convocation “Partnering with your Collaborator,” 10-11 a.m.; lecture “How to Learn a Song,” noon-1 p.m. 

The recital features Katz, with Diane Coloton, David Dillard and Arlene Transue -- all faculty members in the voice program of the School of Music. Student singers and pianists who participated in the master classes will perform as well. 

The New York Times called Katz “the gold standard of accompanists.” In his 45 year career, Katz has visited five continents, recorded for five labels, and accompanied celebrated singers on stage. He is the program chair for collaborative piano at the University of Michigan, a vocal repertoire coach, conductor, editor and author.