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Pianist Father Sean Duggan to play Mozart concerto with Thayer Symphony Orchestra.

FITCHBURG -- Pianist Father Sean Duggan will be guest soloist with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra at its concert April 11. He will be featured in a performance of Mozart's piano concerto No. 9, K. 271.

The concert's theme is "Sun, Moon, and Stars.'' Prices range from $35 to $25. Student tickets are $10 each. Tickets may be purchased via thayersymphony.org or by calling (978) 466-1800. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Stratos G. Dukakis Performing Arts Center at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, 1050 Westminster St. (Route 2A).

Sean Duggan, pianist, is a monk of St. Joseph Abbey in Covington, Louisiana. He obtained his music degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans and Carnegie Mellon University, and received a master's degree in theology from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. From 1988 to 2001, he taught music, Latin and religion at St. Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana and was director of music and organist at St. Joseph Abbey.

In 1983, he won first prize in the Johann Sebastian Bach International Competition for Pianists in Washington, D.C., and again in 1991. In 2000, he performed the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard works eight times in various American and European cities. For seven years he hosted a weekly program on the New Orleans NPR station titled "Bach on Sunday.'' He is presently recording the complete cycle of Bach's keyboard music.

Before he joined the Benedictine order, Duggan was pianist and assistant chorus master for the Pittsburgh Opera Company for three years. He has performed with many orchestras, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Leipzig Baroque Soloists, The Prague Chamber Orchestra, The American Chamber Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia. From 2110 to 2004, he was a visiting professor of piano at the University of Michigan. Currently he is associate professor of piano at SUNY Fredonia. During the fall semester of 2008, he was also a guest professor of piano at Eastman School of Music. He has been a guest artist and adjudicator at the Chautauqua Institution for several summers, and is a faculty member of the Golandsky Institute at Princeton, New Jersey. He continues to study the Taubman approach with Edna Golandsky in New York City.

John Roderick MacDonald, the orchestra's music director, will conduct.

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