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Classical pianists, master classes, piano competition featured at Bunny Just Festival

Blues singer-songwriter Scottie “Bones” Miller and classical pianists Karlyn Bond, Rebekah Richards and Beth Winterfeldt will perform before and during the 15th annual Bunny Just Piano Festival this week.

2011-02-21
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [2-16-11]

Blues singer-songwriter Scottie “Bones” Miller and classical pianists Karlyn Bond, Rebekah Richards and Beth Winterfeldt will perform before and during the 15th annual Bunny Just Piano Festival this week at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The festival, Friday through Sunday, Feb. 18-20, will feature master classes, a piano competition and classical performances.

Miller will present a pre-festival concert on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. Concert admission is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard.

On Friday classical pianist Richards will perform at 7 p.m. in Centenary United Methodist Church, 501 S. Second St., Mankato, assisted by Winterfeldt. The performance is free and open to the public, with a social gathering afterward.

On Sunday classical pianist Bond will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Elias J. Halling Recital Hall. Admission for Sunday’s concert is $12; $11 for students with a valid MavCard.

Other festival events – in Halling Recital Hall – include college master classes at 1 p.m. Friday; a piano competition featuring 10 regional junior and senior high school students at 10 a.m. Saturday; and high school master classes at 1 p.m.

Richards is director of the Piano Lab School at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, where she teaches applied piano, music theory and music fundamentals. She maintains independent piano studios in St. Peter and Minneapolis, and for the last 30 years has taught piano students from age 3 to 75.

Winterfeldt has performed as a soloist and an orchestral, chamber and collaborative musician. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Concordia College and a master's degree in piano performance, chamber music and accompanying from Rice University. She owns a piano studio in St. Peter.

Bond gave her first piano recital at age 11 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and at age 12 performed Mendelssohn’s “G minor piano concerto” with the Utah Symphony. A professor of piano at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, she earned master of music performance and DMA degrees from the University of Southern California.

Beneta Just founded the Bunny Just Piano Festival at Minnesota State Mankato in 1996. In 2004 her estate created an endowment to fund the festival each spring for 100 years and beyond. Just was a promoter, volunteer and financial supporter of many local social concerns, including special education and human rights. A scholarship in special education remains in her name today.

Those who want more information about the festival may call the Performance Series office at (507) 389-5549.

Those with a disability who need reasonable accommodations may contact the Office of Disability Services at (507) 389-2825 (V/TTD), (800) 627-3529 or 711 (MRS/TTD).

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive, doctoral university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system.

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