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Eastern Professor Will Present Lecture Recital

Written by Sarah Swann

            Willimantic, CT -   Khurshed Rastomji, an adjunct professor of music at Eastern Connecticut State University and the Pomfret School, will present a lecture recital on Spanish music from 3 to 4 p.m on Feb. 10 in Eastern's Shafer Auditorium, located at Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic.  The public is invited. Admission is free.

            Rastomji, who has performed several lecture recitals throughout Connecticut, said, "I will be playing Spanish music mostly written in the 19th century and inspired by the sense of nationalism which encouraged composers to explore their own heritage and folk songs.  Featured composers will include Granados, Albeniz and de Falla, the leading Spanish nationalist composers of that era."  Rastomji will also give a brief history of the development of music in Spain.  

            Rastomji, who is originally from India, began playing the piano as a child.  He came to the United States in 1968 and studied piano at Manhattan School of Music in New York City and the University of Connecticut (UConn).  He earned a master's degree in piano and music history from UConn and a music diploma from the Royal Schools of Music, London.



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