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John McKay to Present a Piano Recital at the U of M, Crookston on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium
November 3, 2008

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CROOKSTON, Minn. (November 3, 2008) – John McKay, concert pianist, will present a
John McKay, concert pianist
John McKay, concert pianist
recital in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, on Sunday, November 9, at 7:30 p.m. McKay will perform works by Hayden, Brahms, Chopin and the American composer Mortimer Barron. There is a general admission of $5. U of M, Crookston students and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.

John McKay retired as a professor of piano from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., in 2004, and now performs frequently throughout the Midwest and beyond. He is often heard as a soloist with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. While living in Europe from 1962 to 1969, McKay performed recitals in Brussels, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Munich, Berlin and Cologne. In July 2000, he and his wife Sara were honored by the Minnesota State Arts Board for their service to music in their community.

This concert is sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Crookston Music Department and the UMC Concerts and Lectures Committee. The performance is made possible by a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council with funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.

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