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 SRU Symphony Orchestra concert honors Edvard Grieg work 



November 20, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab


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SRU Symphony Orchestra concert honors Edvard Grieg work


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - In honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Edvard Grieg, Nanette Kaplan Solomon, professor of music at Slippery Rock University, will perform the composer's "Piano Concerto in A minor" at the SRU Symphony Orchestra's fall concert.

            The orchestra, directed by Warren Davidson, SRU instructor of music, performs at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in Swope Music Hall.

            The featured work was written when the composer was 25 years old. "I am thrilled to finally have the opportunity to perform this exuberant and youthful work with my exuberant and youthful colleague and students," Kaplan Solomon said. "This is the first time I've had the opportunity to play this piece."

            Also on the program will be a performance of Mozart's "Impresario Overture," and Beethoven's "Sixth Symphony" better known as "The Pastorale."

            The orchestra is composed of 55 students and community members joined by six professional musicians who complete the instrumentation.

            Kaplan Solomon has been on the SRU faculty since 1977. She coordinates the piano program and teaches music history, music skills and women in music classes. An active performer, she has appeared in such venues as the Phillips Collection, the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Wigmore Hall in London. As an orchestral soloist, she has performed with the Youngstown and Pittsburgh symphonies and was chosen as a featured performer in the Pittsburgh Symphony's "Search for a Star" program under the auspices of Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Pops.

            She has given numerous lecture-recitals and presentations at national and international conferences in Berlin, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Kyoto, Japan; Limerick, Ireland; and San Jose, Costa Rica. She has been invited to perform at numerous women and music conferences throughout the United States. 

            Active in a number of professional music organizations, Kaplan Solomon is a past board member for performance for the College Music Society, served on the editorial board of the American Music Teacher, the journal of Music Teachers National Association, and is a board member of the International Association of Women in Music, and vice president of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association. Her three compact discs "Music for Solo Piano and Violin and Piano by Nikolai Lopatnikoff," "Character Sketches: Solo Piano Works by Seven American Women" and "Sunbursts: Solo Piano Works by Seven American Women" received critical acclaim and extensive airplay on radio stations across the country. 

            Kaplan Solomon attended the pre-college division of the Juilliard School, graduated from Yale College, earned her master of music degree from the Yale School of Music and her doctor of musical arts degree from Boston University.

            Davidson was recently the featured soloist with the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra in which he serves as concertmaster. He is also concertmaster with the Altoona Symphony Orchestra and serves as principal viola with the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra. He also plays with the Academy Orchestra, which he founded. 

            He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy and his master's degree in violin at Duquesne University, and then worked for a year in Italy. 

            Concert admission is $3 for the general public and free to SRU students with ID.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.


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