A Piano Extravaganza in Concert Wednesday

Published: November 28, 2012 | Read Time: 2 minutes

A community of keyboard performers comes together for a spectacular concert, one night only, on Wednesday, November 28 when the Department of Music presents Piano Extravaganza at 7:30 p.m. in Cedar City’s Heritage Center Theater on Main Street.

Under the supervision of Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, Piano Extravaganza features a variety of pianists from around the region, including youngsters, SUU students and local musicians. The stage, set with four grand pianos, will allow for up to sixteen hands to play at the same time, with music ranging from classics to standards. The program will include such works as Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Sheep May Safely Graze," Kevin Olson’s "At the Robot Factory," Franz Schubert’s "Military March No. 1, Op. 51" and "When the Saints Go Marching In". In addition to Bohnenstengel, conductors include Mary Anne Andersen, Sasha Bainson, Rachelle Jensen, Kendra Leavitt, Jacob Lee and Katherine Lee.

Dr. Bohnenstengel feels equally at home in a wide range of musical genres. He was recently featured as soloist in Mozart's Concerto in E-flat Major for Two Pianos, as pianist in a chamber production of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief and as organist in a performance of John Rutter's Gloria. Praised as "a master of contrasts" (Aalener Nachrichten) who can "put the audience into a state of sheer awe," (Gmünder Tagespost), Bohnenstengel has concertized on three continents, including recitals with flutists John Bailey and Javier Montilla in Venezuela and various solo and chamber music performances at the annual Sommernachtsmusik in Mögglingen, Germany. Mr. Bohnenstengel received his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in piano performance from Missouri Western State University. He earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Bohnenstengel currently teaches at Southern Utah University.

As with all Performing and Visual Arts productions, SUU students receive free admission to Wednesday night's Piano Extravaganza. Don’t miss this glorious keyboard celebration. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for SUU faculty and staff, and $3 for youth. Again, SUU students are free with a valid student I.D. card. 


For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts' upcoming events, please call the Arts Hotline at 435-865-8800, or visit suu.edu/pva.


The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a Center for Shakespeare Studies and a graduate program in Arts Administration. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. The Center for Shakespeare Studies offers a minor in Shakespeare Studies. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year.  The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company.

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