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And now for something completely different….


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Mark Kreider is a MS student in Ecology, advised by Dr. Larissa Yocom. Many of us know Mark for his research on post-fire forest regeneration ecology, including a recent paper on the identification of aspen seedlings in the field.  But it turns out that Mark is also a spectacular classical pianist.  This weekend he gave a solo recital at the USU Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall which was presented online.  The recording is HERE and the program is HERE.  This is an all-Russian program featuring compositions by Medtner, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff.  His playing is astounding and guaranteed to inspire.  This is quite a shock to those of us who know him mostly from the messy world of post-fire fieldwork.