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Evening at Egan kicks off Friday with Tutanov performance

Prokofiev's "War Sonata" and selections in honor of Liszt's 200th Birthday to be performed Friday

Posted: September 15, 2011 - 12:00am

Well-known visiting pianist and music scholar Dr. Alexander Tutunov will kick off the 2011 Fall Evening at Egan Series at the University of Alaska Southeast with a peformance beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the Egan Library.

The center of the challenging program will be Sonata No. 7 in B Flat Major, Op. 83, by Sergei Prokofiev, dubbed as “The War Sonata.” Tutunov will also celebrate the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt with a talk on the composer and his influence on Western music and a selection of his works.

Tutunov earned his undergraduate degree at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory. He was awarded his doctoral diploma with honors in concert performance by the Belarussian State Conservatory and was a pianist with the Belarussian National Philharmonic. He has taught at the Minsk College of Music, the University of North Texas and Illinois Wesleyan University.

Currently he is professor of piano and artist in residence at Southern Oregon University and is the artistic director of the Chinese-American International Piano Institute in Chengdu, China.

Here’s a look at what else is coming up in the Evening at Egan series.

Sept. 23: “Geographies of the Land and of the Heart,” with Peggy Shumaker.

Alaska Writer Laureate Shumaker will read from her memoir, “Just Breathe Normally,” a book that grew from a life-threatening bike wreck and her most recent book, “Gnawed Bones.”

• Sept. 30: “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time,” with Steven Dunsky and Beth Pendleton

“Green Fire” is a 73-minute film about highlights from Leopold’s life and career, explaining how he shaped conservation in the 20th century and still inspires people today.

• Oct. 7: “Folkloric Dance of Egypt,” with Sahra Saeeda

This lecture will provide an overview of the numerous and varied folkloric dance styles of Egypt.

• Oct. 14: “Happy Trails: A Curious Future for Indians in North America,” with Thomas King.

A consideration of the historical past of Indians in North America that asks the question, “How does the past differ from the present and what might the present suggest about a Native future?”

• Oct. 21: “Trickster Reads Scripture: Story and Truth in a Postsecular Age,” with Sol Neely.

A presentation combining lecture, film, and poetry on the history of the teaching of how to read literature and culture. An exploration of two traditions of “reading”: Native American cultures of story and Rabbinic modes of Biblical reading.

• Oct. 28: “Widespread Changes to Alaska’s Glaciers,” with Shad O’Neel

This presentation will summarize the current knowledge of the state of glacier health in Alaska, paying close attention to the iceberg calving process and the socio-economic implications of changing glaciers.

• Nov. 4: The Southerner: Abraham Lincoln as a White Supremacist Hero,” with David Noon

A talk on the ways that Southern novelists at the beginning of the 20th century re-imagined Abraham Lincoln as a lifelong believer in white supremacy and a man who — ­ had he lived — would have proven to be a great friend to the defeated South.

• Nov. 11: “Is Long-term Climate Policy Politically Feasible?,” with Detlef Sprinz

This lecture will focus on the following questions: What is the capacity for democratic institutions to respond to science? How can governments pursue long-term policies that impact large segments of society, where delay or failure to act prevents a return at least to the present state?

• Nov. 18: “New Culture,” with Nicholas Galanin

Having trained extensively in traditional as well as contemporary approaches to art, Alaska Native artist Galanin pursues both in parallel paths.

All Evening at Egan lectures are simulcast on UATV Cable Channel 11 and live via streaming video at uatv.alaska.edu.

For more on this series, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture.

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