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SRU professor plans ‘Women do the Chopin/Liszt’ concert

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will perform a piano recital of 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century music, including works by a number of respected women composers.

The free “Women do the Chopin/Liszt” concert is at 4 p.m., Jan. 29, in Swope Recital Hall.

The program will offer works by Frederic Chopin and Franz Liszt, as well as contemporary works by American women composers Libby Larsen, Marilyn Shrude, Ruth Schonthal, Mary Jeanne van Appledorn and HyeKyung Lee that were inspired by the works of Chopin or Liszt.

“Both Chopin and Liszt were iconic figures of 19th-century piano composition,” Solomon said. “Last year marked the 200th
anniversary of Liszt's birth, while 2010 was the Chopin bicentennial. This program pays tribute to both composers, as well as highlights their influence on composers of our own day.”

Solomon presented a portion of the program as an invited performer at the international conference of the College Music Society in Seoul, Korea, last year. She is well-known for her dedication to presenting works by contemporary women. “I love delving into post-modern works that have a tie to the past. They give the listener, as well
as the performer, tangible references to hold on to and resonate with.”

Solomon, now in her 35th year of teaching at SRU, performs extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Her three compact discs – the piano music of Nikolai Lopatnikoff, and  “Character Sketches” and “Sunbursts,” both compilations of
contemporary works by American women composers, received critical acclaim.

The SRU professor performs frequently as soloist and chamber musician. She has presented lecture/recitals at the College Music
Society national meetings in San Diego, Savannah, Cleveland, San Juan, Denver, Kansas City, Miami and Quebec City, and has performed at international conferences in Berlin,Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica and Madrid.  Her involvement with the works of
women composers has led to invitations to perform at several feminist theory and music conferences, the American Music/American Women Symposium in Boulder, Colo., the Athena Festival in Murray, Ky., as well as at eight of the International Festivals of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts and was a featured artist with the Butler [Youngstown, Ohio] and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. Solomon has also performed at the Phillips Collection and the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., Wigmore Hall in London, the Lincoln Center
Library in New York City and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria.

She received her early training as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Yale
College, her master of music degree from the Yale School of Music and her doctor of musical arts degree from Boston University.

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