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CONTACT: Beth L. Lorow
Jazz pianist Kirk Reese to present faculty recital at Messiah College
GRANTHAM, Pa. (March 11, 2005) — Messiah College faculty member Kirk Reese will perform a jazz piano recital on April 1 at 8 p.m. in Poorman Recital Hall, located in Climenhaga Fine Arts Center on the college’s Grantham campus. The recital is free and open to the public. For additional information, call the music department at (717) 766-2511, ext. 3310.
A resident of York, Reese attended Elizabethtown College and Global University/Berean School of the Bible. He works as an adjunct instructor in music at Messiah, lecturing on jazz piano, jazz improvisation, and praise and worship piano. His involvement in arts and education earned him national recognition in 1996, through the Leonard Bernstein Center, as an innovator in arts infusion education. He has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony and has composed works ranging from solo piano to symphony orchestra pieces. He has played on countless recordings including, “The Reese Project: Blue Etude,” which received a Grammy nomination in 2002.
The recital will feature guest artists Steve Meashey on bass and Jeff Stabley on percussion, and Messiah College faculty member, William Stowman on trumpet. Also joining Reese will be The Susquehanna Ensemble, made up of Tom Reese, flute; Lauri Reese, cello; Curt Sipe, saxophone; and Deb Anderson, viola.
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 50 majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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ARTICLE DATE: FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2005