Thursday, March 5 will bring the first Spotlight Series concert of the spring 2020 semester. Conductor and professor Rebecca Burkhardt will lead the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra in their first spring concert.
Elite piano players from around the world are in Cedar Falls to compete this week.
The University of Northern Iowa is hosting its first Midwest International Piano Competition. The event features 26 competitors from 10 countries. Performers will be playing at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center through Saturday.
People are invited to listen to the musicians play their compositions throughout the competition this week. The pianists would probably welcome an audience, said Sean Botkin, pianist and UNI music professor.
Sean Botkin, University of Northern Iowa School of Music faculty artist and associate professor of piano, was invited to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on Aug. 2. The concert was held at the Ravinia Festival Pavilion in Highland Park, Ill., during the Ravinia Festival, the oldest outdoor music festival in the U.S. held every summer from June to September.