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November 17th, 2010
Kapilow to lecture, perform at Texas State


Rob Kapilow will be featured at a lecture and a concert at Texas State Thursday and Friday.


The School of Music at Texas State will host the much-acclaimed musician Rob Kapilow for both a lecture and and concert on Thursday and Friday, respectively.

Kapilow, whose lectures have been likened to Leonard Bernstein’s “Young People’s Concerts,” will speak at the LBJ Student Center Teaching Theatre Thursday at 7 p.m. He will be joined by Cheryl Parrish, senior lecturer at Texas State’s School of Music. The lecture, “Listen for the hmm…” will be free and open to the public.

Friday, Kapilow will guest conduct the Texas State Symphony Orchestra in performing Shubert’s “Unfinished Symphony” at Evans Auditorium (8 p.m.). The event will be similar to Kapilow’s highly acclaimed lecture series, “What Makes It Great?” at New York’s Lincoln Center.  Within the performance, Kapilow will provide commentary on the features of the symphony. Tickets will be $5 for general admission and $3 for students and senior citizens.

Kapilow’s concert presentations, CD series and commentaries on NPR’s “Performance Today” take listeners inside the music. He tugs at the threads of the music, unravels it, re-knits it in different ways and then puts it back together again to show the audience its many features.

“Anyone who’s a creative thinker will enjoy this,” said Cynthia Gonzales, event organizer and associate professor in the School of Music. “He is so engaging and communicates so effectively about music.”

Kapilow also has the distinction of being the only person to have his own lecture series at Lincoln Center.  Kapilow has created a number of interactive programs that expose listeners to various aspects of classical music. He performs around the country as a lecturer, composer and conductor.

As a composer, Kapilow’s work runs the gamut from his “Family Musik” with pieces created from Dr. Seuss books and James Thurber stories to his “Cityscape” pieces which are inspired by places.

More information on Kapilow’s work may be found at

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