And now for something completely different….
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.