Dueling Pianos

Hollis, Batchvarova to share stage
at Hanover College

By Ruth Wright
Staff Writer

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.

Madlen Batchvarova, Kimm Hollis

Madlen Batchvarova
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 of Alabama.
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 Hanover’s 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 2003.
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 two pianos.”
The program includes a variety of musical genre from classical to contemporary. Many familiar pieces, such as Dennee’s “Tarantella, Op. 23 No. 4” and Infante’s “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. “It’s a great time for people to come out and see the college and to find out what’s going on,” Hollis said.

• For more information, call (812) 866-7185.

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