MTSU music professor brings local flavor to Keyboa...

MTSU music professor brings local flavor to Keyboard Artist Series concert

MTSU School of Music professor Arunesh Nadgir will showcase his internationally recognized gifts for local audiences Sunday, Nov. 12, in the third public concert in this year’s “Keyboard Artist Series” performances.

Nadgir’s performance will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building.

A campus map is available at Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for seniors. Children under age 18 will be admitted free, as will MTSU students with a current ID.

The popular concert series, sponsored in part by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville, is again featuring MTSU faculty and distinguished guest artists from around the world for the 2017-18 season.

Nadgir, who serves as coordinator of keyboard studies and an associate professor of piano for the university, has performed as both a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, South America, Europe and Asia in venues as renowned as New York City’s Carnegie Hall and events as famous as the Moulin d’Ande Festival just outside Paris.

He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, The Juilliard School and the Eastman School of Music, maintains a private piano studio and also serves as co-director of the Stones River Chamber Players, MTSU’s faculty ensemble-in-residence.

Nadgir’s Nov. 12 concert program will feature Claude Debussy’s “Suite bergamasque,” Frédéric Chopin’s “Ballade No. 1 in G minor,” Olivier Messiaen’s “Première communion de la Vierge,” Franz Liszt’s “Funérailles” and two preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Dr. Arunesh Nadgir

“I’m very excited to be presenting this program,” said Nadgir. “These are very well-known works that I’m sure everyone will love to hear. From the exciting and powerful Rachmaninoff B-flat major Prelude to the spiritual and contemplative work by Messiaen, there will be something for everyone.”

Nadgir, who’s taught piano students since he was 17, was a member of the faculties at the New England Conservatory Preparatory in Massachusetts, the Eastman School of Music in New York and the Palisades School of Music in New Jersey before joining MTSU’s School of Music.

He’s been featured in live broadcasts on Nashville’s public radio station, WPLN, and New York City’s flagship public radio station, WNYC, and his recent local performances have included concerts with the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra, the Stones River Chamber Players and the Grammy-nominated ALIAS Chamber Ensemble.

You can enjoy a preview of Nadgir’s concert in the video below, where he performs Bach’s “Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827: Fantasia, Allemande, Corrente” on the stage of Hinton Hall.

The 2017-18 Keyboard Artist Series at MTSU also features two more concerts in Hinton Hall, including a Jan. 22 recital by Steinway artist and Guizhou Normal University piano department director Cheng-Feng Hsieh; and an April 8 concert by David Viscoli, piano professor and Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

For more information on the Keyboard Artist Series at MTSU, visit

For details on more MTSU School of Music concerts, call 615-898-2493 or visit the MTSU School of Music “Concert Calendar” link.

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