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 SRU's Dr. Solomon to Offer 'Wandering Through Oz: Piano Fantastique' Nov. 9 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Pianist Dr. Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will present "Wandering through Oz: Piano Fantastique" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Swope Recital Hall on the SRU campus.

       She will also offer a repeat of the concert at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in First Unitarian Church of Shadyside (corner of Ellsworth and Morewood avenues) Pittsburgh, under the auspices of the Steinway Society of Pittsburgh.

            The free programs will offer a solo recital of "The Wizard of Oz" and other fantasies. A musical fantasy implies the absence of strict form and a whimsical or rhapsodic quality to the piece; composers over the past two centuries have devoted some of their most inspired thoughts to this genre, Solomon explains.

     The concert will explore a wide range of compositions, including a fantasy by C.P.E. Bach (J.S. Bach's eldest son), Franz Schubert's "Wanderer," a 20-minute virtuoso work based on the composer's song of the same title. Also slated are Chopin's Fantasy in F Minor "Fantasia on an Ostinato" by John Corigliano, most noted for his score for the film "The Red Violin," “Mephisto Rag,” a fantasy on Liszt's “Mephisto Waltz” by American composer Libby Larsen, and "The Wizard of Oz Fantasy" by contemporary composer William Hirtz. The work includes all of the famous Harold Arlen tunes in a dazzling arrangement.

     Solomon, who began her 30th year at SRU this fall, 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, including the American Music/American Women Symposium in Boulder, the Athena Festival in Murray, Ky., as well as at six of the International Festivals of Women Composers held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

     She has been a soloist with orchestras in Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, as well featured artist with the Butler, Youngstown and Pittsburgh symphony orchestras. Solomon has 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. 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 president-elect of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. Her three compact discs are “Piano Music of Nikolai Lopatnikoff,” “Character Sketches” and “Sunbursts.”

      Solomon received her early training as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School. She received her bachelor of arts and her master of music degrees from Yale, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her doctor of music degree at Boston University.




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