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On Thursday, July 17, and Friday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. participants in the 25th annual Piano Institute at Colby summer workshop will perform a concert in Colby’s Lorimer Chapel on the Waterville campus. The Piano Institute at Colby is a two-week program of intensive study that includes master classes and private lessons, with emphasis on technique, interpretation and repertoire. The participant concerts, part of a series of events celebrating the institute’s 25th anniversary, are open to the public and free of charge.

Other Piano Institute at Colby events include a concert Monday, July 7, at 7:30 p.m. by Anthony di Bonaventura, a concert Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. with institute alumni Timothy Blair, Fabio Parrini and Konstantinos Papadakis, and a lecture Tuesday, July 15, at 10 a.m. by Richard Dyer, music critic for The Boston Globe. All three events will be held in Given Auditorium of the Bixler Art and Music Center. Admission to the July 7th and 12th concerts is $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. All proceeds directly benefit the institute’s scholarship fund.

Piano Institute at Colby Participants listen to guest lecturers from the contemporary music world and have the opportunity to perform in several final public concerts. The Piano Institute has no age limitations and the student body is international in scope. Many alumni have gone on to performing careers and teaching positions in colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

Internationally recognized pianist Anthony di Bonaventura, founded the Institute at Colby in 1979 and has been the director since its beginning. Di Bonaventura has performed in 27 countries and was featured in the Great Performances Series at New York’s Lincoln Center. A professor of music at Boston University, di Bonaventura was awarded the Metcalf Cup and Prize for Excellence, Boston University’s highest award for excellence in teaching, in 1992.

For more information about the Piano Institute at Colby, contact Colby’s Office of Special Programs at 207-872-3386.

Anthony di Bonaventura is available for interviews and can be contacted directly at adib@bu.edu.