Department of Music Features Pianist John McKay on Oct. 24

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU’s Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for all students.

McKay’s program will include pieces from the 18th and 19th Centuries spanning the Classical, Romantic and Impressionist movements, including Brahms’ 1861 “Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Handel, Op. 24.”

Mckay will also feature various other works by a variety of composers, including Franz Joseph Haydn, Frederic Chopin, and Claude Debussy.

About Dr. John McKay
From 1962-69, Dr. John McKay lived in and performed all over Europe, including recitals in Brussels, London, Vienna, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Munich, Berlin and Cologne. He then began his teaching career. While teaching at the University of Toronto in 1971-72, he presented the complete works for solo piano by Johannes Brahms in a series of recitals, and during a 1985-86 sabbatical he performed Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas in a series of eight concerts.

The Montreal, Canada, native earned his bachelor’s degree in music from McGill University and his graduate degrees at the Eastman School of Music. He has appeared often as a soloist with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and has run a chamber music series at Gustavus Adolphus for 17 summers.

He retired from the music faculty of Gustavus Adolphus College in 2004 after teaching piano and music history for 28 years. He was the undergraduate piano professor of current Bemidji State faculty member, Stephen Carlson.


  • Bemidji State University Department of Music; (218) 755-2915