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Asbury University’s music department will welcome guest pianist Gregory Partain on March 28, 2011 in the Akers Auditorium on the Wilmore campus. The 7:30 p.m. concert is free and open to the public.

Partain is a professor of music and music program director at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where he holds a Bingham Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to performing throughout the United States and overseas, he has composed various pieces, including two songs for harp and soprano and a nine-movement concert for a capella choir.

“Dr. Partain is an outstanding pianist whom I have known for many years,” said Dr. Don Zent, professor of piano and keyboard studies coordinator at Asbury University. “His program will include two beautiful piano sonatas: the final piano sonata of Beethoven and the final sonata of Chopin. My favorite of the two is the final sonata of Chopin, with its absolutely majestic first movement and its truly exciting final movement. The last piece on the program, ‘Toccata: Act of War,’ was composed by Dr. Larry Barnes, professor of music at Transylvania University.”

Partain received his bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Washington, and master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Texas at Austin as a Javits Fellowship recipient.