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McPherson, Kansas – The Central Christian College of Kansas Music Department is proud to host Mr. Sam Rotman as the Chaney Music Symposium guest, which will take place Monday, October 18th at 7:00 pm with a performance in Greer Auditorium. This event will be free to the public.
When Sam Rotman made his debut at the age of 16 with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra before an audience of 6,000 the Baldwin Keynote Magazine wrote, “Sam Rotman is a pianist with abundant potential”.
Mr. Rotman received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School in N.Y.C. While a student, he was the recipient of nine awards in the form of grants, scholarships, and prizes. Subsequently, he has been among the winners in five piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. The most prestigious award was that of Laureate Winner in the 4th International Beethoven Competition in Vienna, Austria. In 1978, Mr. Rotman participated in the 6th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow, Russia. In May 2016, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from The Master’s College where Dr. John MacArthur is President. He is the only recipient of such an Honorary Doctorate in the school’s history. Mr. Rotman has given over 3,000 performances in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Southeast Asia, South Africa, India, China, and Russia, totaling 61 countries.
Mr. Rotman has devoted a specific area of his musical life to the study and performance of the works of Beethoven. Beginning with a series of all Beethoven concerts in 1970 (the Beethoven bi‑centennial), he was presented on Public Broadcast System in a special Beethoven concert. Mr. Rotman continues to perform the works of Beethoven in recital and with orchestra.
Mr. Rotman has served on the jury of international piano competitions, both in the United States and Europe. For almost twenty years he was director of the Piano Department and served as director of the D’Angelo School of Music and the D’Angelo Young Artist Competition at Mercyhurst University for ten years. For his work at the university, he was nominated for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
In addition to the concert, Mr. Rotman will speak in chapel at 10:00 am at the McPherson Free Methodist Church and he will teach a masterclass (open to the public) at 3:00 pm in Greer Auditorium to piano students of Dr. Brett Janssen’s studio. He will also speak to the Music Theory, Music History, and Concert Choir students and give his Christian testimony at the evening concert.
ABOUT CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF KANSAS
Central Christian College of Kansas is a regionally accredited institution offering undergraduate and graduate-level programs. Central strives to offer Christ-centered education for the whole person – heart, mind, soul, and strength. Its history dates back to 1884, and it is located in the friendly town of McPherson, Kansas. Central is a strategically small college that offers over forty areas of residential study and a thriving online program for non-traditional students. To learn more about Central go to centralchristian.edu/about. Visit the Foundation of Central Christian College to see what projects and events are coming up.