Dr. James Knight to share talent at annual piano recital

Wichita, Kan. – Friends University Assistant Professor of Piano Dr. James Knight will perform a recital Monday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m.

“People will hear a combination of standard sounding piano music with very unusual avante-garde sounds near the end,” said Dr. Knight.

Dr. Knight was born in Wichita, Kan., where he studied piano with Lucille Hayden and Guy Johnson. During his undergraduate years, he won the Naftzger Piano Award and the Kansas Cultural Trust Award, enabling him to study in New York City at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied under Constance Keene. In 1990 and 1996 respectively, he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the institution.

Dr. Knight is now in his 22nd year of teaching at Friends University, serving as assistant professor of piano. He also teaches Music History 2 and 3, Analytical Techniques, and Keyboard Ensemble. Dr. Knight has also had several prize-winning students in local competitions including the WMMTA piano concerto auditions and the Miller Concerto Auditions.

The recital is free and open to the public. The performance will take place in Sebits Auditorium in Riney Fine Arts Center on the Friends University campus at 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, Kan.

For more information on this event or other Fine Arts events, please contact the Fine Arts Box Office at 316-295-5677 or finearts@friends.edu.

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.