World-class master pianist Ronald Rathbun to perform in Abilene

For Immediate Release
Oct. 24, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Jamie Milstead, Media Relations Specialist
(915) 673-2620

Dr. James Ronald Rathbun, pianist and professor emeritus of music at Abilene Christian University, will perform a piano recital Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in the Roxy Neal Recital Hall on campus at ACU. All are invited to attend.

Rathbun has presented recitals, piano workshops and master classes in the United States and Asia. In June and July, he presented solo recitals, lecture recitals and master classes in Bangkok, Thailand; Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Singapore; and Kunming, China.

His Kunming recital was rebroadcast on China Educational TV. He also has played at:

  • the China Conservatory of Music in Bejing,
  • Carnegie Hall in New York,
  • Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.,
  • with the Taegu Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gyunbuk Symphony Orchestra in Taegu, Korea,
  • the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas,
  • the Wortham Center in Houston, and
  • with the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.

He was professor of piano and director of the piano division at ACU for 28 years, and he has held teaching positions in Texas, West Virginia, Iowa and Missouri. He is an authority on the piano works of Robert Schumann, and in 1986 he visited Schumann's birthplace in Zwickau, East Germany, where he was able to examine original Schumann manuscripts and editions.

Rathbun is also a conductor, having conducted the Abilene Christian Symphony Orchestra, operas for the Abilene Opera Association, the Abilene Philharmonic and the Angelo State University Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. He is founder of the Abilene Chamber Players.

He earned his bachelor's degree in piano from Southwest Missouri State University, a master's degree from Indiana University and a doctoral degree with a focus on piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa.


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