MSU students will perform with composer-pianist Vardan Ovsepian at the concert of the jazz ensemble


Morehead State University’s Department of Music, Drama and Dance will present a jazz ensemble concert featuring Los Angeles-based, Armenia-born composer / arranger / pianist Vardan Ovsepian at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday October 13, at Duncan Recital Hall located in Baird. Music hall.

The concert is funded by The Buckner and Sally S. Hinkle Endowment for the Humanities and is free and open to the public.

Ovsepian will involve music students from MSU who will perform some of his works as a world premiere. He released several albums under the Fresh Sound New Talent label. He has also released independent pieces with VOCE (Vardan Ovsepian Chamber Ensemble), as well as several duo and trio albums.

His recent awards and publications include the first prize at the Achava Jazz Award (Erfurt, Germany, 2017), the Chamber Music America Grant for New Jazz Works program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (New York, New York, 2017) and an outing from Peter Erskine New Trio album “In Praise of Shadows”.

Additionally, Ovsepian will present a free public performance with jazz teachers and MSU students from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 15 at the Sawstone Brewery.

“Ovsepian’s approaches to composition and improvisation are firmly rooted in both the jazz world and the classical world of Western Europe,” said Ryan McGillicuddy, assistant professor of music. “MSU students will have the opportunity to produce art at the highest level. ”

For more information on MSU music programs, visit, email, or call 606-783-2473.

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