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The Stephen Barr Memorial Concert 2017 | CarlaFay.com

The Stephen Barr Memorial Concert 2017

I had the pleasure of hearing Kenny Broberg, the silver medalist at the Fifteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, in concert at Nicholas Martin Hall on the Texas Wesleyan University Campus in Fort Worth, TX. The concert took place at 7:30pm on November 3, 2017. The program consisted of works by Cesar Franck (arr. Harold Bauer), J.S. Bach, Samuel Barber and Franz Liszt. Broberg generously gave two encore performances at the end of the program to multiple standing ovations.

The Stephen Barr Memorial Concert has a long and distinguished history at Texas Wesleyan University, stretching now over three decades. The vision for the concert is to promote and encourage the most promising young talent available in the field of chamber music. Kenny Broberg is twenty-three years old and began studying piano at the age of six. The annual event is to honor the memory of Stephen Barr, the son of Dr. Howard and Mrs. Patricia Barr.

Kenny Broberg performed on the Department of Music’s recently acquired Hamburg Steinway CD-595, which was featured in the recent Cliburn International Piano competition in 2017. It is an exquisite instrument gracing the stage in Nicholas Martin Hall. A reception followed at Lou’s Place.

Mrs. Patricia Barr is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and an active member of the Fort Worth Alumni Chapter. Howard and Patricia had distinguished careers as pianists and teachers in southern California, often performing and promoting the works of contemporary American composers. The Patricia and Howard Barr Institute for American Composition Studies, launched in 2004, is the fulfillment of a longtime dream of Howard and Patricia Barr at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.

I look forward to many more concerts honoring the memory of Stephen Barr.


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