Volume 12, Number 8 December 3, 2004

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Kreyszig visits Hirosaki University as part of exchange pact with U of S

Music Professor Walter Kreyszig displays the gold-plated flute he uses to perform Bach and other pieces.

Photo by Lawrence McMahen

Music Professor Walter Kreyszig believes the U of S must pursue more contacts with the huge and growing education sector in many parts of Asia – and he is practising what he preaches.

Kreyszig gives a concert at Hirosaki University in Japan Nov. 1.

Photo courtesy of Walter Kreyszig.

Kreyszig has just returned from his second professional visit in two years to Hirosaki University in Japan.

The U of S and Hirosaki University signed an agreement in late-2001 to promote student and faculty exchanges, but to Kreyszig’s knowledge there hasn’t been much activity yet.

He was first invited to Hirosaki in 2002 and performed a solo flute recital of 18th-century music and presented a paper.

In March 2004 representatives of Hirosaki University, including a pianist, came to the U of S and talked with officials about more exchanges.

Then Kreyszig was invited to make a second visit to Japan. He flew there in late-October and gave concerts on Oct. 28 and Nov. 1, along with a lecture, a master class and a private flute lesson. All his presentations were on Bach, Kreyszig’s specialty. His concerts were part of Hirosaki University’s 50th anniversary. They featured the music of Bach, with Kreyszig on flute, Kiyoshi Asano on harpsichord, and Takemi Honma on violoncello.

“It’s really hoped that this exchange will continue,” Kreyszig says, adding “I hope we will invite (Hirosaki officials and musicians) for the re-opening of Convocation Hall in 2005 (following renovations).”

In November Kreyszig also travelled to Halle an der Saale, Germany, birthplace of Handel, to deliver a paper on Georg Friederich Scheidt.

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