Music @ Main: Intermezzo with pianist Gary Smart & violinist Midori Kugota

Event Type: Library Program
Age Group(s): Adult, Teen
Date: 11/13/2016
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:30 PM
 UNF faculty artist Gary Smart is a composer, classical and jazz pianist, and teacher, and may be the only pianist to have studied with Yale scholar/keyboardist Ralph Kirkpatrick, the great Cuban virtuoso Jorge Bolet, and the master jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. Joining Dr. Smart is violinist Midori Kugota, a visiting Professor from Kyoto City University of Arts and member of the Japan String Quartet. You won't want to miss this engaging afternoon of classical chamber music intertwined with jazz piano stylings!

Gary Smartís work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Music Educator's National Conference, the Music Teachers' National Association and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been performed in major venues in the U.S., Europe and Asia. His music compositions are published by Margun Music (G. Schirmer), and have been recorded on the Capstone and Albany labels. Dr. Smart spent two residencies in Japan, and taught in Indonesia as "Distinguished Lecturer in Jazz" under the auspices of the Fulbright program. Gary Smart is currently a Presidential Professor of Music at the University of North Florida, where he served as Chairman of the Music Department from 1999-2003.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Midori Kugota began violin studies at age of 6 and first performed with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra at 12. The winner of numerous student competitions, while in her junior year at Tokyo University of Arts she received a scholarship to study in the United States with Isaac Stern and other distinguished violinists, and also studied chamber music with the Juilliard String Quartet and Beaux Arts Trio. She returned to Japan after earning a Performerís Certificate from Indiana University, and has been a member of the Japan String Quartet for over two decades. Her international career as both soloist and chamber musician has included engagements throughout the Americas, as well as in France, Germany, and the Middle East. In addition to Kyoto City University of Arts, she has served on the music faculties at Tokyo University of Arts, Soai University, and Osaka College of Music.

Presented monthly (Sept.-June) in the Main Library's Hicks Auditorium, Intermezzo concerts are free and open to the public, and reservations are not required. Free Sunday parking is available in the public garage at Duval and Main; bring your ticket into the Library for validation. Free on-street parking is also available on weekends.

Next concert: Dec. 11, The Heritage Singers of Jacksonville
Library: Main Library
Location: Hicks Auditorium
Contact: Kathleen Brunner
Contact Number: 630-2665
Presenter: Kathleen Brunner