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February 20, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

Distinguished Pianist Michael Gurt to Perform at UT Tyler


Distinguished pianist Michael Gurt will perform in a guest artist recital on Tuesday, Feb. 26, Dr. Jeffrey Emge, UT Tyler music program chair, announced.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall.

Works by Chopin, Schubert and Gottschalk, among others, will be featured.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, Gurt also will hold a piano master class from 8:30 – 11 a.m. on campus. Admission is free.

A Paula Garvey manship distinguished professor of piano at Louisiana State University, Gurt serves as piano mentor at the Hot Springs Music Festival and also is the head of the piano department at the Sewanee Summer Music Center.

Gurt holds degrees from New York City’s Julliard School and the University of Michigan.

He has served as piano chair of the Louisiana Music Teachers Association and has performed as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa.

Gurt also collaborated with the Takacs String Quartet and recently performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Queensland.

For more information, call the UT Tyler School of Visual and Performing Arts, 903.566.7250.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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