April 1, 2014

Barnes' recital celebrates professorship

Paul Barnes, professor of piano, will present a recital, “Homage: A Program of Music Inspired by Music,” at 7:30 p.m. April 3 in Kimball Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

The program will pay homage to Marguerite Scribante, who endowed a professorship in the Glenn Korff School of Music. Barnes was recently named the Marguerite Scribante Professor of Piano.

Barnes’ program includes works that honor other music or composers.

“I realized that a lot of the pieces I was currently working on were dedicated to other pieces of music,” Barnes said.

The centerpiece of the program is Victoria Bond’s “Potirion Sotiriu” (The Cup of Salvation), which is based on a Greek Orthodox communion hymn that Barnes sang for Bond. She then composed a piano piece for him based on that chant.

“I will chant the hymn, and then play the piece and chant it again at the end,” Barnes said.

Following his performance at Kimball Hall, Barnes will perform “Homage” in New York City on April 5 at Lincoln Center.

“Lincoln gets it before Lincoln Center,” Barnes said.

He also performed it in Los Angeles in March, and also recently gave a special performance in Naples, Fla., for Scribante and her selected guests.

“She loved it,” Barnes said. “It’s a win-win situation where she sees that the professorship is going to someone who is actively and passionately devoted to both teaching and performing. And I get to know a wonderful woman who is dedicated to promoting excellence in music here at UNL.”