Master musician Leon Bates to teach, perform at Nicholls

THIBODAUX – World-renowned pianist Leon Bates will visit Nicholls State University this week to deliver a lecture, conduct a master class and perform a concert – all at Talbot Theater.

music-leon-bates.jpgBates will lecture on African-American and personal compositions beginning at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, followed by a 10:45 a.m. master class.

The concert – free for Nicholls faculty, staff and students, $10 for everyone else – will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

Bates has earned a place on the international concert circuit, having toured in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Austria, Ireland, England and Africa. Many of the major U.S. symphonies have welcomed his accompaniment, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony and the Atlanta Symphony.

His European symphonic resume is equally extensive. A partial listing includes the Vienna Symphony, the Basel Symphony, the Radio Orchestra of Dublin, the Strasbourg Symphony and the Orchestra Sinfonica dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

For more information, call (985) 448-4273.

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