When he last appeared under the auspices of the University of Utah, at its annual SummerArts Festival a few years ago, Igor Kipnis made a big impression.
"I think probably more than any of the other guest artists we've brought in," recalls U. piano-area chair Susan Duehlmeier, "he took more of a personal interest in the students and was more willing to have an open discussion on any musical topic."As a result the celebrated harpsichordist/critic is coming back this week, for presumably more discussions, master classes, a lecture and a recital, the last taking place Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Square Assembly Hall.
There he will perform music of Handel (the Suite in D minor), Bach, Pachelbel, Soler and one Alexander Nicolas Voormolen (1895-1980), the last being the one non-baroque composer on the program.
In addition, he will conduct master classes Thursday, Oct. 28, at 2:15 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 29, at 9:50 a.m. in Room 303 of Gardner Hall on the U. campus. At 3:20 p.m., following the Thursday afternoon master class, he will also lecture on "Ornamentation in Bach," again in Room 303.
All are open to the public and admission is free.
Since his debut in 1959, Kipnis has earned three Grammy nominations, an equal number of Stereo Review Record of the Year awards and been named "best harpsichordist" and "best classical keyboardist" on five occasions in Keyboard magazine's annual readers' poll.
For three years he hosted his own "The Age of the Baroque" radio program as well as "The Classic Organ," syndicated out of Boston. For the past 11 years he and John Solum have co-directed the Connecticut Early Music Festival and, as Duehl-meier remembers it, it was he who oversaw the building of the U.'s Rutkowski & Robinette harpsichord, which he will use in his master classes.
"He gave us a spark in early music we had never had before," she says, clearly hoping lightning will strike twice. And with Kipnis maybe it will. - WSG