Batchvarova to share stage
at Hanover College
HANOVER, Ind. (December 2002) Hanover College music
professors Madlen Batchvarova and Kimm Hollis will present a free concert
of music for two pianos at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Fitzgibbon
Recital Hall on the college campus. The concert is part of the Hanover
College Community Artists Series, which has provided a variety
of musical and dramatic performances for the enjoyment of the Hanover-Madison
community since 1951.
and Kimm Hollis
Batchvarova is the conductor of the Concert Choir and
Chamber Singers at Hanover College, where she also teaches choral conducting,
private voice and integrated arts.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, she is an accomplished musician with a variety
of credits to her name. Her impressive educational background includes
a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University
Batchvarova has also conducted and performed with choral ensembles in
the United States and abroad. She performed with the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus who won a Grammy Award for Best
Choral Performance in 1998 under the direction of Maestro Robert Shaw.
She has been playing the piano since she was five years old.
Hollis is the professor of music and Department Chair at Hanover College.
Hollis joined Hanovers faculty in 1975. His credits include a
14-year stint as the district chair of the Southern Indiana Music Teachers
Association, chair of the state committee which compiled the piano solo
list for Indiana School of Music Association district and state contests,
and adjudicator for Indiana School of Music and Music Teachers National
Associations, National Guild and Federation.
In 2000, Millikin University, where Hollis graduated cum laude and first
in his music class, dedicated its new School of Music computer-technology
lab and applied faculty studio area in his honor. Hollis has been piano
concerto soloist with the Hanover College-Community Orchestra, Decatur,
Ill., and Muncie, Ind. Symphonies and has recorded two compact discs.
He will leave Hanover College in January for a sabbatical through August
Batchvarova and Hollis will collaborate, each playing a grand piano,
to perform the concert, which Hollis said will leave people smiling
and tapping their toes.
Some of the pieces were written specifically for two pianos, while some
were revised to fit the performance style. Hollis said the program was
described best by Batchvarova who called it, a dialogue between
The program includes a variety of musical genre from classical to contemporary.
Many familiar pieces, such as Dennees Tarantella, Op. 23
No. 4 and Infantes El Vito will be performed.
Additionally, in celebration of the holiday season, a classic Christmas
carol medley will be presented including such favorites as Joy
to the World!, Silent Night, Greensleeves
and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.
The concert will be the only performance showcasing college faculty
this season. Hollis said he hopes the concert will draw the public and
spur them to find out more about the college. Its a great
time for people to come out and see the college and to find out whats
going on, Hollis said.
For more information, call (812) 866-7185.
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