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Kafer to play songs, dances for keyboard Nov. 10

October 28, 2013
Harold Kafer

Harold Kafer

The NIU School of Music will welcome back Harold Kafer to campus at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, for a program of songs and dances for the keyboard in the Recital Hall.

Kafer will perform works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt, Ginastera and Chopin. The concert is free and open to the public, and the hall is accessible to all.

Kafer retired from NIU in 2010 after a long career as a music faculty member and as an arts and university level administrator. He served NIU as director of the School of Music, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and ultimately deputy provost.

Prior to joining NIU, Kafer was head of the Music Department at Auburn University and held faculty positions at community colleges in Arizona and Texas.

Having begun piano study at the age of 14 in Ohio, as a high school senior he won first prize in the Phoenix Symphony Concerto Competition and a scholarship to The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. He went on to complete a B.M. in Piano Performance from Peabody Conservatory, an M.M. from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of North Texas, where he was a doctoral teaching fellow.

In retirement, he is happy to allow others to have the limelight but still seeks out occasional opportunities to perform in order to keep both his fingers and brain agile.

For more information, contact Lynn Slater at (815) 753-1546 or [email protected].