Blue Mountain professor performs in Tupelo

TUPELO – Tupelo Symphony Orchestra’s Steinway piano will ring out through Link Centre Concert Hall today.
Jeremy Owens, an assistant professor of piano at Blue Mountain College, will perform works by Mozart, Copland, Barber and Mendelssohn.
He’s the first to take part in the 2009-10 Steinway Series called “Let’s Hear from the Professors.”
“We decided that this year we would have programs that came from colleges and universities in our area,” said Margaret Anne Murphey, TSO president and executive director.
In addition to Blue Mountain College, the series will feature faculty from the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.
“I think we have some wonderful pianists right here in Mississippi,” Murphey said. “We are pleased to make them available in our community.”
A native of North Dakota, Owens serves as music director of Blue Mountain College’s theatrical productions. In 2006, he was awarded the Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award.
Today’s recital will include Mozart’s “Sonata in C Major,” Copland’s “Passacaglia” and Barber’s “Ballade,” as well as “Lieder ohne Worte” and “Rondo Capriccioso,” both by Mendelssohn.
“He really does a nice job of interpreting the music he plays,” said Peggy Oakes, Steinway Series coordinator. “He has personality and pizzazz. I think anyone who listens will enjoy it.”

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