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Indiana State welcomes guest artists to perform Feb. 5

January 30, 2015

Two guest artists will perform an evening of chamber music at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in the Recital Hall of the Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts at Indiana State University.

Kate Boyd on piano and Davis Brooks on violin will join Kurt Fowler, professor at Indiana State's School of Music, for a program featuring Tchaikovsky's "Piano Trio, Op. 50," one of the most enduring and significant piano trios in the literature. The program, which will also include Alban Berg's Piano Sonata, Op. 1, is free to the public.

Described by Gramophone Magazine as a pianist with a "strong lyrical bent and feeling for nuance," Boyd has performed as a soloist on many concert series, as a concerto soloist and as a guest artist with established chamber music ensembles throughout the United States and beyond.

A passionate advocate for new music, Boyd has performed numerous world premieres, including James Woodward's "Concerto for Piano" and "Wind Ensemble" with the Butler University Wind Ensemble. Her solo album, "Music for the End of Winter," consisting of previously unrecorded works for solo piano by five living American composers, was released on the Ravello label in September 2010.

In Dublin, Ireland, she was a featured soloist on the Bank of Ireland's Mostly Modern Series, presenting a program of works by living women composers. As a faculty member at Butler University, she has performed solo works by each of the composition faculty.

Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as soloist, teacher, orchestral and studio musician, concertmaster on Broadway, conductor and chamber musician. His teaching experience has included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State University, the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Bucknell University. He is currently professor of violin emeritus at Butler University.

In addition to his present position as associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Brooks was a member of the Brooklyn Philharmonic and, for 10 years, the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center. For 19 years, he was a member of the New York Chamber Symphony, which produced over 20 critically acclaimed recordings during his tenure.

Brooks has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony and the Waco Symphony and performs frequently with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is active in the many recording studios in the Indianapolis area and has released two solo albums, one of music for violin and electronic media, "Violin and Electronics," and one of music by composer C.P. First.

For more information, call the School of Music at 237-2771.


Contact: Kurt Fowler, professor, Indiana State University School of Music, 812-237-2743 or

Media Contact: Libby Roerig, media relations assistant director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or