Written by Tim Talley
Willimantic, Conn. - Khurshed Rastomji, a lecturer in the music program at Eastern Connecticut State University and at the Pomfret School, will present a lecture recital at 3 p.m. on Sept. 29 in Shafer Auditorium in Shafer Hall, located at the corner of Windham and Valley Streets in Willimantic. The presentation is part of the Eastern's University Hour series. The public is invited. Admission is free.
Rastomji will present a program of Spanish piano music that will reflect the wave of nationalism that influenced the music of the late 19th century in Spain. He will focus especially on composers Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados, whose music draws on the wealth of Spanish folk melodies, dances and rhythms.
Originally from India, Rastomji began playing the piano as a child and came to the United States in 1968. He studied piano at Manhattan School of Music in New York City and earned a master's degree in piano and music history from the University of Connecticut and a music diploma from the Royal School of Music in London.