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March 31, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab




Kaplan Duo, sister act, performs at SRU’s Kaleidoscope


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Kaplan Duo, comprised of pianists Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, and her sister, Iris Kaplan Rosenthal, a free-lance musician and accompanist, will present a program four-hands piano works at 8 p.m., April 17 as part of the University’s annual Kaleidoscope arts festival.

           The free concert will be performed in SRU’s Swope Music Hall.

           The program will offer a wide variety of compositions from Brahms to Broadway.

           Selections include “Variations on a Hebrew Melody” by Seymour Barab, “Allegro Brillante,” a virtuosic showpiece by Felix Mendelssohn, an arrangement of Franz Liszt’s famous “Mephisto Waltz” for piano duet and “Colorado Suite,” by Douglas Briley. Selections from “Gazebo Dances” by John Corigliano, “Hungarian Dances” by Johannes Brahms and a medley of songs from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story” are also planned.

           The Kaplan Duo has delighted audiences by bringing to their rich, four-hand repertoire a unique blend of individual virtuosity and exciting interpretation.

           The sisters have performed at many Long Island venues and have appeared in concert series at universities and music schools on the East Coast. They performed at the Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the International Alliance for Women in Music and performed at the College Music Society Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They have performed several programs at SRU.
           Rosenthal received her early training at the Juilliard School Pre-College Division. She received her bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music and both her masters and doctoral degrees from New York University.

           She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to the Kaplan Duo, Rosenthal has performed chamber music at a number of Long Island venues with the Elysian II, a cello-piano collaboration as well as with other Long Island musicians.

           Rosenthal has taught at C.W. Post College, Penn State University, the Stecher and Horowitz School of Music and Poly Prep Country Day School.

           Solomon 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, Quebec City, San Antonio, Atlanta and Portland and has performed at the international conferences in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica, Madrid, Bangkok and Zagreb, Croatia.  

           Solomon’s 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 six of the International Festivals of Women Composers hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

           She presented a lecture-recital of works by contemporary women at the MTNA national conference in Minneapolis in 2000.

           She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, as well as featured artist with the Butler [Pa.], Youngstown and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras.

           Solomon has also performed at the Phillips Collection, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 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 has been a guest artist at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, California, New York, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Minnesota and Maine.

           Solomon’s awards include being named winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society auditions, winner of the French Embassy award from the French Piano Institute, a fellowship to the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, semi-finalist in the University of Maryland International competition and finalist in “Search for a Star” sponsored by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Marvin Hamlisch.

           She is a founding member of the Slippery Rock Piano Trio, as well as the Kaplan Duo. With those groups, she has performed throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and at numerous venues in New York.

           A former board member for performance of the College Music Society, she also served on the editorial board of the American Music Teacher. She recently completed a term as board member of the IAWM and is immediate past-president of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. She has recorded three compact discs, including piano music of Nikolai Lopatnikoff (Laurel), and “Character Sketches and Sunbursts” (Leonarda).

           She received her early training as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School. She received her bachelor of arts degree magna cum laude from Yale College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He master of music degree was earned at the Yale  School of  Music, and her doctor of musical arts degree was earned at Boston University School for the Arts.

           Kaleidoscope, celebrating its 10-year anniversary runs April 13-23 offering more than 30 programs in a variety of fine and performing art program. Many of the free programs feature SRU students.  


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