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Oct. 26, 2012
CONTACT: K. E. Schwab

Kaplan Duo premiere new Barr work

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Kaplan Duo, comprised of pianists Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Slippery Rock University professor of music, and her sister Iris Kaplan Rosenthal, will premiere new works by Stephen Barr, SRU assistant professor of music, and New Castle composer Judy Bruce at upcoming concerts in Greensburg and Youngstown, Ohio.

Barr's new piece is titled "When men are fairy tales in books written by rabbits," and Bruce's work is titled "Motions."

The sisters will offer the works as part of their four-hand piano recitals at Seton Hill College's Performing Arts Center in Greensburg at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2, and at Youngstown State University's Bliss Recital Hall, part of the Dana School of Music, at 3 p.m., Nov. 4.

Barr's composition is a 10-minue overture. "It combines the excitement of a John Williams movie score with the lyrical, offbeat inflections often heard in the world of Leonard Bernstein," he said.

The programs will also offer an arrangement of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," an arrangement of Bernstein's overture to "Candide" and works by Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Douglas Briley, Ricky Ian Gordon, Peter Schickele (also known as PDQ Bach).

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