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Renowned Pianist Thomas Schumacher to Perform at UCM

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 25, 2015) – The Performing Arts Series at the University of Central Missouri will host pianist Thomas Schumacher in a concert, “Eastman at Central 2015,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Hart Recital Hall. The event is part of the Guest Artist Series sponsored by the UCM Department of Music.

James Schumacher
Thomas Schumacher

The program will include selections from Beethoven, Wagner-Liszt, Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff, Gould and Gershwin. In addition to his concert performance, Schumacher will teach a master class from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 10, in Hart Recital Hall.

Schumacher, professor emeritus of piano in the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Md.,  and visiting professor at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China, has toured and lectured throughout the Unites States, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, China, Taiwan, and Japan. He studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, earning academic and performance honors at both schools.

Schumacher was a prizewinner in the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition and the JUGG Award Competition, resulting in his New York Town Hall debut recital. He has performed as a soloist with major orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony. Schumacher also performed the world premiere of David Diamond’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic in 1967.

Publications include study guides on Brahms, Albeniz, Rachmaninoff and Scarlatti, and a critical edition of Albeniz’s“Iberia,” as well as literary contributions for “Piano and Keyboard” and David Dubal’s “Remembering Horowitz.” His recordings of Prokofiev and Scriabin sonatas can be found online under the Elan CD label.

The event is free and open to the public. Financial assistance for this performance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.