Six performances will highlight the celebration of the 50e season of the Musical Arts Series at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
The music lover’s bill will include pianists, flautists, percussion ensembles and jazz ensembles.
Brazilian pianist Diego Caetano will kick off the series on September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Recital Hall on Durant’s campus. An Italian newspaper described Caetano as “a gifted pianist with brilliant technique and musicality”. He has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Europe, Asia and Africa, including Carnegie Hall in New York, Philia Hall in Yokohama, Palácio da Foz in Lisbon, at the Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro, and the Royal Albert Hall in London.
A defender of contemporary music, he has premiered works by composers Robert Spillman, Anne Guzzo, Marlos Nobre, Roger Goeb and Guilherme Bernstein.
Dr. Caetano maintains an active schedule as an educator. He has been a frequent masterclass clinician and competition judge at various universities and conservatories around the world and has presented at various national and international conferences on the educational works of Brazilian composers, effective practice techniques and performance anxiety.
He holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a master’s degree in music from the University of Wyoming and a bachelor’s degree in music from the Universidade Federal de Goiás (Brazil).
Caetano is co-founder and artistic director of the Ávila International Music Festival in Ávila (Spain). He served as President of the World Piano Teachers Association – Texas Chapter from 2016-2021 and is currently Assistant Professor of Piano at Sam Houston State University.
Two additional musical arts performances are scheduled for this fall: October 4 – Camille Ortiz (soprano) and Joseph Wenda (oboe); November 3 – Jake Fridkis (flute). Both concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall.
Three concerts will take place during the spring semester 2023.
Musical arts sponsors include Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Ruth Steger Piano Institute, Clark and Wanda Bass Foundation Lectureship, Oklahoma Arts Council, Art Works, and the National Endowment for the Arts.