UCO Chamber Orchestra
Dr. Hong Zhu, Director
Dr. David Forbat, Guest Soloist
Piano Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Dr. David Forbat, Piano
Serenade for Strings Op. 20
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Danzas de Panama
William Grant Still (1895-1978)
Tamborito – Moderato
Mejorana y Socavon – Allegro Moderato
Punto – Allegretto con Grazia
Cumbia y Congo – Allegro con Moto
Samuel Gilles, concertmaster
Madeline Bradley, principal
Caleb Springer, principal
Trinity Davis, principal
Sophia Darvin, co-principal
*Alumni Guest Artists and Former Chamber Orchestra Member
**UCO Guest Students and Former Chamber Orchestra Member
GUEST SOLOIST BIO
David ForbatDavid Forbat is a Professor of Piano at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he has taught since 2005. He holds a DMA in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ann Schein. His other principal teachers were John Perry (University of Southern California), Claude Frank (Aspen Music Festival), and Frank Weinstock (University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music).
In August 2022, Dr. Forbat was presented with the Vanderford Distinguished Teaching Award by the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD). Other CFAD awards include the Collaborative Team Award for his piano/dance collaborations with UCO ballet professor and choreographer, Robyn Pasternack.
In addition to solo and collaborative performances, Forbat has presented lecture programs on works ranging from Schumann’s Carnaval, Op.9 to Ravel’s Miroirs. Additionally, he has performed recitals and taught masterclasses at several universities and conservatories in China. At the invitation of Beijing Normal University, he conducted a series of twenty master classes during a two-week teaching residency in May/June of 2013. Since the pandemic, Forbat has offered online piano seminars, individual coaching, and masterclasses through Sphinx International Art Education.
In both the studio and the classroom, Dr. Forbat has taken a particular interest in promoting the integration of music theory and keyboard learning and has developed numerous strategies designed to build music literacy in pianists of all levels. He has presented on topics related to this aim at the local, state, and national levels of the Music Teachers National Association.