Pianist and poet featured in recital
The Messenger 04.02.08
The University of Tennessee at Martin departments of Music and English are bringing Oni Buchanan, concert pianist and poet, to the campus.
Buchanan will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Harriet Fulton Theatre in the Fine Arts Building.
The Philharmonic Music Guild, the Martin Area Music Teachers Association and the UT Martin College of Humanities and Fine Arts will co-sponsor the event.
Buchanan will perform works by Debussy, Brahms, Villa-Lobos and Schumann, relating them to the literary works of Baudelaire, Verlaine, Shakespeare, Ovid and Aesop. She will present a workshop on kinetic Mandrake poetry at 10 a.m. Thursday in Room 312 of the Humanities Building.
Buchanan is a young American pianist who focuses her virtuosity and inventiveness on creating and bringing to life themed concerts.
She has presented solo recitals throughout the U.S. and abroad and has recorded three solo piano CDs, including “Portraits, Pictures & Prints for Piano,” a compilation of piano works inspired by the visual arts.
Buchanan received a master’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Virginia.
In addition, she holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia and a master of fine arts degree in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her first book of poems, “What Animal,” won the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition. Her second poetry manuscript, “Spring,” is winner of the 2007 National Poetry Series Open Competition.
Her new book will be published by the University of Illinois Press in fall 2008.
For more information on the poetry workshop, contact Dr. Lynn Alexander, interim dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, at (731) 881-7281. For more information on the piano recital, contact Dr. Elaine Harriss, professor of music, at (731) 881-7411.
Both events are open to the public without charge.
Oni Buchanan, pianist, poet, University of Tennessee at Martin