Husband and wife to present ‘Music for Piano Four-Hands’

ABERDEEN, S.D. – A husband and wife musical duo will perform at an upcoming concert at Northern State University.

Dr. Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry will present “Music for Piano Four-Hands” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in NSU’s Krikac Auditorium.

For more than 27 years, Boulton and Barry have presented piano duet and duo concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Enthusiastic advocates of piano ensemble playing, the husband and wife team are in demand for their lecture-demonstrations of four-hand technique and repertoire, particularly works appropriate for student use.

Originally from Seattle, Boulton received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Washington State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Maryland at College Park. His recording, “Louisiana – A Pianist’s Journey,” was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo without Orchestra. Boulton joined Northern in 2016 as the dean of the NSU School of Fine Arts.

A native of Alexandria, Va., Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in organ from James Madison University in Harrisburg, Va. She pursued graduate study in musicology and organ at Radford University, also in Virginia. Following completion of the Master of Library Science at the University of Maryland, Barry served as archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra Association from 1990 to 2004.

The Feb. 23 program at NSU will include works from Franz Schubert, Claude Debussy, Max Reger, Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin. The concert is free and open to the public.

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