World-renowned pianist presents personal account of the effects music and literature have on one's actions

Nov. 6, 2012
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WACO, Texas (Nov. 6, 2012) - Helge Antoni, a much sought-after pianist worldwide both in solo recitals and in concertos with orchestra, will speak at Baylor on how the arts and humanities encourage acts of compassion through one's life and work.

"It is a real honor for Baylor University to be able to host Mr. Antoni," said Alden Smith, Ph.D., professor of classics and associate dean of the Honors College.

Antoni is giving the lecture at the invitation of the University Scholars Program with support from the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Great Texts, and the Honors Program.

The lecture is titled "Follow your (He-)arts: The Call of the Arts and Humanities that Produces Grace in Action," and Antoni will present a personal account of how music and literature led him to his humanitarian work in Peru, where he has created a foundation to help young musicians.

Antoni was born in Malmo, Sweden, studied at the Malmo Academy of Music and made his professional debut playing Franz Berwald's Piano Concerto. In 1979, he was the first Swedish musician to be awarded a British Council Fellowship. Antoni has played multiple venues throughout the world, including Wigmore Hall and St. John's Smith Square in London, The Hague in Paris, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and the Masonic Hall in South America.

The lecture will take place at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Reading Room of Alexander Residence Hall on the Baylor campus, 1413 S. Seventh St.

Antoni is also offering a concert sponsored by the Honors College and the School of Music, "Inspiration Latina: A Spicy Mix of Spanish and Latin-American Music," at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 10 in Roxy Grove Hall, 624 Speight Ave. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Alden Smith at (254)710-3744 or by email at

by Rebecca Malzahn, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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