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Piano duo to perform at VCSU Nov. 15

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Piano duo Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry will perform Friday, Nov. 15, in Froemke Auditorium at Valley City State University. Admission to the performance is free. Submitted photo

Valley City State University and Valley City Music Teachers Association welcome piano duo Kenneth Boulton and JoAnne Barry, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Froemke Auditorium on the VCSU campus. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

For nearly 30 years, Boulton and Barry have presented piano duet and duo concerts throughout the United States and Europe, highlighted by appearances in England, Russia and Germany. Advocates of piano ensemble playing, the husband-and-wife team are in demand for their lecture-demonstrations of four-hand technique and repertoire, particularly works appropriate for student use.

Originally from Seattle, Boulton received his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Washington State University, and master’s and doctorate degrees in piano performance from the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently, he is dean of the School of Fine Arts at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. His recording, Louisiana−A Pianist’s Journey, released on the Cambria Masterworks label, was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Barry holds a bachelor’s degree in organ from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and pursued graduate study in musicology and organ at Radford University, also in Virginia. Following completion of the Master of Library Science at the University of Maryland, she served as archivist for the Philadelphia Orchestra Association from 1990-2004.

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