Hanover College music professors Madlen Batchvarova and Kimm Hollis will present a special two-piano, four-hand and solo recital Saturday, Oct. 5, in Fitzgibbon Recital Hall, Lynn Center for Fine Arts. The concert, which begins at 10 a.m., is open to the public, free of charge.
This combined appearance - a musical journey of zest, vigor and enjoyable listening - marks just the third for Batchvarova and Hollis, who served as colleagues for nearly 15 years. The duo first performed together Dec. 12, 2002, offering “Two Pianos” as part of the College’s Community Artist Series. The upcoming concert, held in conjunction with Hanover’s 92nd-annual Homecoming celebration, is an encore performance following a well-received and spirited event last spring.
Batchvarova, a professor of music, has been a member of Hanover’s faculty for nearly 20 years, teaching voice, conducting, piano and music history. She is also an experienced conductor, pianist, singer, clinician, adjudicator and Grammy Award recipient.
A native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Batchvarova is director of the College’s choral ensembles, including the Hanover College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. She has directed festival, honor and all-state choirs in the U.S., Canada, Austria and Bulgaria.
This past spring, Batchvarova led the College’s choirs for a tour of her home country. The May 6-19 journey featured performances and in-depth educational and collaborative opportunities with Bulgarian choirs.
Hollis, a veteran performer, judge and educator, retired from Hanover in 2016 after serving 41 years as professor of music and artist in residence. He continues to perform, teach private lessons and adjudicate.
He served as district chair of the Southern Indiana Music Teachers Association for more than 10 years and was a committee chair for the Indiana State School Music Association’s district and state contests. He has also served as an adjudicator for the Indiana State School Music Association, Music Teachers National Association and American College of Musicians/National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Hollis’ students - both pre-college and college - have been recipients of numerous performance awards. In addition, he is the namesake of the Hollis Prize, which is the highest award received by a student instrumentalist or vocalist at the Millikin University School of Music.