Faculty Artist Recital

KCC Faculty Artist Recital series continues with organist Dr. Mark Wells March 26
BATTLE CREEK, March 21, 2017 — Kellogg Community College will continue its Faculty Artist Recital series this month with a free recital featuring organist Dr. Mark Wells in downtown Battle Creek.
Wells will perform beginning at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at St. Philip Catholic Church, 30 W. Van Buren St. The recital is free and open to the public.

The recital program will include works by composers including J.S. Bach, William Matthias, Josef Rheinberger and Louis Vierne, played on the church’s prestigious E.M. Skinner organ (Opus 787). Skinner organs, this one constructed in 1930 and funded in part by W.K. Kellogg, are highly respected instruments synonymous with craftsmanship and innovation.

Wells, music director at St. Philip Catholic Church and adjunct music instructor at KCC, has been an active member of the Battle Creek music community for more than two decades. A conductor, tenor soloist, organist, pianist and teacher, he regularly performs throughout the state of Michigan and beyond.

A native of Kentucky, Wells received his musical training at the University Of Louisville School of Music and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He’s been on the staff of St. Philip since 1998, becoming the music director in 2011 and overseeing an active music program. Wells has been an adjunct instructor of music at KCC since 2007, teaching voice, piano and music theory, and is the founder and director of the chamber vocal ensemble The Battle Creek Master Singers. A member of the American Guild of Organists, Wells served as dean of his local chapter from 2010 to 2015, and has been heard in performances of the local AGO chapter’s annual Bach Around the Block Organ Crawl, most recently last April.

For more information or to learn more about KCC’s Music Program and upcoming KCC music events and initiatives, visit www.kellogg.edu/music or contact the College’s Arts and Communication offices at 269-565-7859.

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KCC to host award-winning pianist Yuki Minagawa for concert events March 18

BATTLE CREEK, March 13, 2017 — Kellogg Community College will host award-winning Japanese pianist Yuki Minagawa for a pair of musical events open to the public on March 18.
Minagawa, who currently resides in Battle Creek, will present an Open Student Master Class beginning at 10 a.m. and a Guest Artist Recital performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Both events are free and open to the public and will be held in the auditorium of KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.
For the Open Student Master Class, Dr. Gerald Blanchard, director of choral activities and music area coordinator at KCC, said Minigawa will coach three preselected KCC piano students on piano technique and performance practice. 
“Although the focus is on the student, it’s a wonderful opportunity for those in the community who have an interest in piano to see the learning and teaching process up close and personal,” Blanchard said.
For the Guest Artist Recital, Minagawa will perform works by composers including Albeniz, Bach, Debussy, Mozart and Schumann.
Born in Tokyo, Minagawa started playing the piano at just 4 years old. Since that time she has won several award for her work, including an excellence award in the Senior Group of the Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan in 1993; and Grand Prize Virtuoso awards in 2015 and 2016. 
She has participated since 2011 in the International Keyboard Institute & Festival held in New York City and has performed internationally, including in Battle Creek, where she is an accompanist and voice coach of the Japanese women’s chorus Hidden Treasures and is a member of the Morning Musical Club. Since 2012, Minagawa has continued to develop her skills under piano professor Lori Sims of Western Michigan University’s School of Music. 
For more information or to learn more about KCC’s Music Program and upcoming KCC music events and initiatives, visit http://www.kellogg.edu/music or contact the College’s Arts and Communication offices at 269-565-7859.
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Kellogg Community College, founded in 1956, serves approximately 10,500 students annually on five campuses and through its Lifelong Learning and customized training programs.




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