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Brooks Hafey and Bobby Pace, piano: Bernstein and Debussy
December 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm
Free and open to the public. Works by Bernstein and Debussy.
Dr. Brooks Hafey has been dazzling audiences with his exceptional musicianship and refined technique since boyhood. He has performed in a wide range of venues in the United States including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Overseas performances include concerts in France, Italy, and Norway. In addition to his career as a soloist, Dr. Hafey is an active chamber musician, collaborative artist, and conductor. In 2008 he made his debut as an opera conductor in Novafeltria, Italy with Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and has returned to Italy in recent summers to conduct Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi.
Dr. Hafey holds degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Florida State University and also studied at the Conservatoire Municipale de Mennecy in France under Juan Davila. Former teachers include Dr. Read Gainsford, Dr. Carolyn Bridger, and Dr. Janice Wenger. Dr. Hafey has held teaching positions at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida, and Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Chadron State College in Nebraska. In celebration of the Debussy centenary, Dr. Hafey performed the complete piano works and chamber works with piano of Claude Debussy in 2018.
Pianist Bobby Pace is currently the Accompanist at Chadron State College. Mr. Pace has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist across the US and abroad, including in Florida, Nebraska, Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Italy. He has studied with Valerie Trujillo, Dr. Michael Rickman, and Ann Waite, and has been in masterclasses with collaborative piano legends Margo Garrett, Martin Katz, Graham Johnson, and Warren Jones. Mr. Pace received the Master of Music in Accompanying from Florida State University, the Master of Music in Music Theory from Florida State University, and the Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Stetson University.