Robert Burns

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Kevin McMillan, baritone
Gabriel Dobner piano

Friday, January 27 @ 8 p.m., Recital Hall

JMU faculty members celebrate Robert Burns Day with a special concert featuring Burns’ poetry in settings by Beethoven for piano trio, in traditional settings with harp, in arrangements by Benjamin Britten, as well as poetry readings, bagpiping and highland dancing.

Kevin McMillan’s performing career has spanned over 25 years with more than 750 concerts, 15 commercial recordings, a Grammy award, a Gramophone award and numerous Juno award nominations. Critics have praised his ”elegant lyric baritone voice“ and ”singularly remarkable interpretive skills“ in appearances with virtually every major North American orchestra, including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony.

McMillan has also established a presence in Europe, with appearances in centers such as London, Berlin, Barcelona, Paris, and Prague. He has worked with such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Pierre Boulez, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jarvi, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Kurt Masur, Sir Roger Norrington, Hellmuth Rilling and the late Robert Shaw and Sergiu Commissiona. Professor McMillan joined the faculty of the James Madison University School of Music in 2009.

Gabriel Dobner has recorded for the Ottavo and MDG labels. His recording of songs by Liszt, Dvorák and Mahler with Cornelia Kallisch, won high praise from BBC Magazine and the West German Radio in Cologne, referring to him as a ”master among Lieder pianists“. Radio recordings include the Bayrischer Rundfunk, Südwestfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, Chubo-Nippon Broadcasting Company (Japan) and Saint Paul Sunday.

Upon receiving a German scholarship to study Lied accompanying in Munich with Helmut Deutsch, Gabriel Dobner moved to Augsburg. After winning the pianist’s prize in the International Hans Pfitzner Lieder Competition in Munich, he established himself as a successful collaborative pianist and began appearing with such notable singers as René Kollo, Cornelia Kallisch and Kevin McMillan. He has since performed in many of Europe’s most prestigious concert venues.

Previous teaching engagements include Indiana University and the Nürnberg/Augsburg Hochschule für Musik. A native of Chicago, Gabriel Dobner holds degrees from Roosevelt University and Indiana University. His teachers include Ludmila Lazar and Leonard Hokanson.

Ticket prices: $8–$10 Advance tickets can be purchased online, by phone or in person at the box office (Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. and 1½ hours prior to performance). Major credit cards, cash, checks and JACards accepted.
JMU student tickets: $4 in person at box office only with ID. Cash only 1½ prior to performance.

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