February 5, 2001

Contact: Vickie Hamilton-Smith, School of Fine Arts, (785) 864-9742.

Fine arts dean, professor to perform lunchtime concert

LAWRENCE -- School of Fine Arts Dean Toni-Marie Montgomery on piano joins Ed Laut, professor of cello, to perform the fourth concert in the popular Brown Bag Classics Series from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.

The program includes "Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73," by Robert Schumann and "Sonata in F Major, Op. 99," by Johannes Brahms.

Montgomery, who has won numerous awards for piano performances, has appeared with the Johns Hopkins Symphony, the Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, and the American Conservatory in Fountainebleau, France. She is currently recording a CD at the University of Michigan.

Laut has appeared as soloist on radio and television in the U.S. and abroad and held principal positions in the Manila Symphony, the U.S. Air Force Band and Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and the Cleveland Orchestra. He joined the KU faculty in 1977.

The School of Fine Arts launched Brown Bag Classics to bring music to the campus population at large. "The emphasis is on helping our students lear0n to become more articulate advocates for the arts," Montgomery says.

Brown Bag Classics are free and open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in Alderson Auditorium on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union. Patrons are invited to bring their lunch; water and soft drinks are provided by the union.


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