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Feb. 19-22: Bunny Just Piano Recital
Variety of events scheduled during four-day festival.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-4-2015
Mankato, Minn. – Performances by professional and amateur pianists will highlight the 19th Annual Bunny Just Piano Festival Thursday, Feb. 19 through Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.
The festival is sponsored by the Bunny Just Piano Festival Endowment and the Department of Music and is part of the 2015 Spring Performance Series.
On Feb. 19, pop pianist Rob Meany (pictured at left) will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall. Rob Meany is an award-winning singer-songwriter and founder of the Minneapolis pop-rock group Terramara. Meany creates piano-based pop-rock, melding smart songwriting and clever lyrics with catchy melodies.
On Feb. 22, classical pianist Heidi Leathwood (pictured at right) will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall. Heidi Leathwood has performed chamber music with members of the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and the Colorado Symphony. Since moving to Colorado in 2001, she has enjoyed working regularly with leading musicians in the Front Range area. Dr. Leathwood is currently a faculty member of the Lamont School of Music in Denver.
Other festival events include college master class sessions on Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. in Halling Recital Hall, and a competition and master class sessions for junior and senior high school students Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Master class sessions are free and open to the public.
Beneta Just initiated the Bunny Just Piano Festival at Minnesota State Mankato in 1996. In 2004 her estate created an endowment to fund the annual festival. Beneta Just was a promoter, volunteer and financial supporter of many local social concerns, including special education and human rights. A University scholarship in special education remains in her name today.
Concert admission is $12 for adults; $9 for students (K-12); and $7 for students with a valid MavCard. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to www.mnsu.edu/music/. Those who want concert information should call the Performance Series office, 507-389-5549.