posted February 6, 2008

Pianist Keith Kirchoff to Perform on Feb. 19

Hope College will host guest pianist Keith Kirchoff in a recital and lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Wichers Auditorium of Nykerk Hall of Music.

The performance date reflects a change from a previously announced date.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Keith Kirchoffis one of the most unique artists from his generation. As a pianist and composer, he works towards enhancing the status of classical music in American culture by educating audiences before and during performances, lecturing internationally, and stressing the importance of modern music to keep classical music alive and current. His programs focus on unusual and neglected works, and his repertoire ranges from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

Kirchoff has played in many of the largest cities in the United States, including New York, Boston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Portland, as well as major cities throughout Italy and The Netherlands. He has appeared with orchestras throughout the U.S. performing a wide range of concerti, including the Boston premier of Charles Ives's "Emerson Concerto" and the world premier of Matthew McConnell's "Concerto for Toy Piano," as well as more traditional concerti by Tchaikovsky and Chopin.

Although only 26 years old, Kirchoff has already premiered more than 100 new works and commissioned nearly a dozen. As a strong supporter of modern music, he has worked closely with many prominent composers, including Christian Wolff, Frederic Rzewski, and Lee Hyla. He has studied, performed, and lectured on the complete piano works of Robert Muczynski, given recital series focusing on the works of John Cage and toured internationally with the works of Frederic Rzewski, and this upcoming season will be touring the United States with a lecture-recital exploring the work of the early 20th-century American "Ultra-Modernists." The co-founder of the new music ensemble "Siren Agenda," he also performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort, Boston's premier modern music ensemble.

Nykerk Hall of Music is located on the former 12th Street between College and Columbia avenues.