Minot State University is awash in music this week.
World-class cellist Yehuda Hanani will present three public concerts with performances, master-classes and discussion on the five sonatas and three sets of variations written by composer Ludwig van Beethoven for piano and cello, and the Op. 17 Horn sonata.
Hanani is billed as an extraordinary recitalist and has performed with such orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony.
Submitted Photo - - World-class cellist Yehuda Hanani will present a series of concerts, master-classes and lectures this weekend at Minot State University.
Hanani's studies were with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School and with Pablo Casals. He served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory for 10 years and is here at the behest of Erik and Dianna Anderson, members of the MSU faculty who met Hanani at the 1995 Aspen Music Festival.
"He was teaching at the Cincinnati Conservatory, and it was in order to study with him that I applied to Cincinnati to pursue my doctorate," said Erik Anderson. "Dianna and I both received full scholarships and have wonderful memories of our time there.
"Yehuda is a great interpreter of music, and I really love the intellectual rigor with which he approaches music," he said. "You can come and hear him working with the students during the master classes during the day it's really profound and exciting."
All events are at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. The first performance, Friday at 7:30 p.m., is a faculty recital featuring Hanani playing Op. 5, No. 1 and Op. 69; "Judas Maccabeus" Variations.
On Saturday the first master-class runs from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a second from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The Saturday evening concert at 7:30 p.m. is a collaborative recital featuring faculty and student performers playing Op. 5, No. 2; Variations, Op. 66 and Sonata for Horn, Op. 17.
On Sunday the third master-class runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with the final concert featuring Hanani performing Op. 102, No. 1; Op. 102, No. 2 and Variations, beginning at 3 p.m.
Admission to the concerts is $10 each or $25 for all three. There is a fee to attend the classes as well. For more information, contact Anderson at 858-3576.