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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

February 06, 2019

College of the Ozarks to host guest pianist Richard Fountain Friday, Feb. 15

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — On Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, guest pianist Richard Fountain will perform at College of the Ozarks at 7:30 p.m. in the Newman Recital Hall of the Gittinger Music Building.

The recital is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. 

Featured on the program will be Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92, paired with Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Op. 101. The impetus for this solo recital comes from a three-year project of Fountain’s to perform all nine Beethoven symphonies as transcribed for two hands by Franz Liszt. With the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth approaching in 2020, he thought it would be appropriate to celebrate this musical milestone by bringing these masterpieces to as many people as possible.

Fountain has agreed to offer a masterclass for C of O students who will have an opportunity to play the piano for him, ask questions, and seek his advice. The public is invited to attend the masterclass which will be held in the Newman Recital Hall of the Gittinger Music Building at 2 p.m.

Fountain, associate professor of collaborative piano at Wayland Baptist University (WBU), has received WBU’s highest recognition for professional activity, the “Contribution to the Profession” award. Praised for his “clear, expressive playing,” “mature display of pyrotechnics,” and “seasoned artistry,” Fountain has steadily garnered recognition for his versatile abilities as soloist, collaborator, and teacher. His accolades include the Early Achiever Award from the Nebraska Alumni Association, the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Lubbock Music Teachers Association, and shared third prize in The American Prize for his solo recording “American Ivory.”

Fountain received a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Piano) at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, and both a master’s and a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. 

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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