Ken Hoppman

April 20, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Ken Hoppmann grew up in Casper. When his PianoFOURte ensemble performed here, concertgoers may remember the power outage that forced everyone to move from Durham Hall to NCHS to be able to have two pianos.

Dr. Ken Hoppmann, Chair of Humanities at Southeast Community College-Beatrice, NE, has a lifelong affinity and appreciation for the arts and humanities. He is honored to serve on the Board of Hildegard Center for the Arts, which is designed to unite people of all beliefs, cultures and traditions to inspire humanity through the Arts.

An active classical concert pianist, Ken appears frequently as a concerto performer, soloist, and collaborative pianist. Hoppmann has performed with the Ft. Collins Symphony Orchestra, Casper Symphony Orchestra, University of Wyoming Symphony, Northern Nevada Chamber Orchestra and Omaha Symphonic Winds. His solo piano CD, "Ken Hoppmann-LIVE!" features live performances of works by Bach, Schumann, and Liszt. As a student and teacher of world music, Ken has developed a strong interest in the Persian musical system, which has grown into a lengthy collaboration, since 2002, with Iranian tarist Dr. Mahour Mellat Parast. Their performances, entitled "Worlds Together" have been enthusiastically received on college campuseses. More recently, Ken has joined forces with Italian classical guitarist Antonio Forgione to research and perform important repertoire.

Dr. Hoppmann earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wyoming (B.M., M.M.), a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (D.M.A.), and a Doctor of Music degree from the American Conservatory of Music (MusD). He received additional training in Vienna, Austria as a Fulbright Scholar and Heidelberg, Germany under the auspices of the German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD). For 20 years, he owned and operated Hoppmann Piano Studio, a multi-teacher studio in Lincoln, and taught at Doane College, Concordia University, and Union College.

Co-Sponsored by the Casper Journal. Partial funding is from the Schneider and the Grace Amspoker Funds in Wyoming Community Foundation Casper, the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, and Natrona County School District No. 1.

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