October Provides Entertainment and Education with Presidential Series

Presidential Lecture & Performance Series hosts Grammy-nominated pianist and award-winning authors.

Written by Kelly Kleinsteuber

Grammy-nominated pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin and three outstanding authors will be recognized in October as part of the Presidential Lecture and Performance Series. The series is dedicated to enriching the academic and cultural experience for Texas Tech and the Lubbock community.

Marc-Andre Hamelin, Pianist

World-renowned pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Hemmle Recital Hall.
Hamelin’s international career sees him appearing throughout North America, Europe and the Far East. Highlights of his recent engagements include Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, Brahms’ 2nd and Rachmaninov’s 3rd.

“Hamelin’s virtuosity and dazzling performances have made him one of the most acclaimed pianists in contemporary times,” Mary Jane Hurst, coordinator for the Presidential Lecture & Performance Series, said. “Lubbock audiences are in for a great treat to be able to hear and see Hamelin in a live performance.”

Hamelin, a native of Montreal, began playing the piano when he was 5 years old. He has made a name for himself playing rare and adventurous pieces and has recorded more than 35 records under Hyperion Records.

Tickets are available through Select-a-Seat, (806) 770-2000. Prices are $12 for general admission and $3 for students.


Presidential Book Award Winners

Also in October, Texas Tech will host a Presidential Book Award Winners panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. The three most recent recipients of the award will talk about their work, research and award-winning books. The panel discussion is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing with all of the authors.


President’s Book Award winner Michal Borshuk is an assistant professor of African American literature. His book, “Swinging the Vernacular: Jazz and African American Modernist Literature,” (Routledge, 2006) reads the work of four twentieth-century African American writers in light of recent reconsiderations of American modernism.

John Beusterien, associate professor in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, tied for second place for his book, “An Eye on Race: Perspectives from Theater in Imperial Spain” (Bucknell University Press, 2006).

Stefan Estreicher, Horn professor in the Department of Physics, tied for second place for his book, “Wine from Neolithic Times to the 21st Century” (Algora Publishing, 2006). The book follows the history of wine and its development through the years.