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 Public Invited to Free Piano Recital:  THE KAPLAN DUO SISTERS' ACT TO PERFORM FOUR-HAND RECITAL 

 

SPOTLIGHT

Jan. 24, 2003

CONTACT: Gordon Ovenshine (724) 738-4854; e-mail: gordon.ovenshine@sru.edu

PUBLIC INVITED TO FREE PIANO RECITAL AT SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY --

THE KAPLAN DUO SISTERS' ACT TO PERFORM FOUR-HAND RECITAL

           SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Kaplan Duo, comprised of Slippery Rock University music Professor Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon and her sister Dr. Iris Kaplan will present a free piano duet recital open to the public at 4 p.m. Sunday [Feb. 9] in SRU’s Swope Recital Hall. 

           The program consists of original piano duets by Amy Beach, Erwin Schulhoff, Akira Miyoshi, Constant Lambert, Antonin Dvorak as well as a transcription of Leonard Bernstein's popular score to “Candide.”

           Solomon has been a professor at SRU since 1977. An active performer, she has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician on many college campuses and artist series in the United States, and has performed in Austria, England, France, Germany, Japan and Ireland. She has been a concerto soloist with the Butler, Youngstown and Pittsburgh symphonies and has been invited to present lecture-recitals at many national and international conferences. Her three, compact discs have received critical acclaim.

           As a duo, the sisters have performed in New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and were featured performers at the 1998 College of Music Society National conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

A curious genre

One piano, four hands? The genre of the piano duet has sparked curiosity and interest in performers and audiences and has been a catalyst for some of the great composers' most inspired efforts, Solomon says. Duets achieved moderate popularity in the 18th -century and flourished in the 19th-century as a form of musical and social entertainment in almost every affluent parlor. Before the age of recordings, duet arrangements of orchestralworks served as the principal means of acquaintance with symphonic literature.

Sister act

           Both sisters received their early training as scholarship students at the Juilliard School pre-college division.

           SRU’s Solomon continued her education at Yale, graduating magna cum laude. She received a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music and doctoral degree in music from Boston University. 

               Kaplan received her bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Louis Nagel and her master of music and doctoral degrees from New York University, focusing her research on the Alexander Technique and its relation to piano performance.  She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the New York metropolitan area and attended an International Piano Workshop in Austria. She has taught at C.W. Post College in New York, as well as at Brooklyn Poly Prep Academy.

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