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SRU FACULTY CELLO AND PIANO DUO RECITAL
PLANNED FOR FEB. 28
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– Cellist Paula Tuttle and pianist Dr. Nanette Kaplan
Solomon, both members of the Slippery Rock University music
faculty, will combine their talents for a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 recital
in SRU’s Swope Music Hall featuring works of “The 3
B’s” – Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.
Admission is $3 for
adults, free for children and students, with proceeds going to SRU
will also include a contemporary work written for Tuttle who will
perform the C major Bach unaccompanied cello suite. It is believed
the Six Unaccompanied Cello Suites were written about 1720 in
Cothen, but there is a frustrating lack of information about these
suites, for whom or what occasion they were written, Tuttle
explains. The cello suites were badly neglected after Bach’s
death, and when the revival of his music began in the 19th century,
the pieces were regarded as unimportant.
brought the suites to the world’s attention in 1909 when he
presented the C major Suite in London. In 1998 cellist Yo Yo
Ma recreated the suites in a PBS multi-media of broadcast that
featured the suites and the choreography of Mark Morris. Today, the
suites are played by most every cellist, and known by music lovers
join Tuttle for performances of the Sonata in E minor for Cello and
Piano by Brahms, and Beethoven's majestic Sonata in A major, op.
69, as well as a performance of “Mystical Etude” by
composer Paula Kimper, an active New York City composer for opera,
theater and dance. Kimper is currently at work on an opera based on
“The Bridge of San Luis Rey” by author Thornton
Wilder. Other recent works have been commissioned by Amy
Pivar, Richard Daniels, the Walt Whitman Project, Washington
Shakespeare Company and the White Barn Theater.
Tuttle, a native to
Pittsburgh, performs with the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra
at the Benedum Center. In addition to her work as a music
instructor at SRU, she also teaches cello at University of
Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University. She has performed
recitals in Europe and the United States, and frequently throughout
the Pittsburgh area. Recently she performed the Saint-Saens Cello
Concerto with the Edgewood Symphony and was featured as soloist
with the Slippery Rock Symphony Orchestra playing the same work.
She has toured in Europe, the Far East and the U.S. with orchestras
and performed as principal cellist with the renowned Spoleto
Festival in South Carolina and the Festival of the Two Worlds in
graduated from the Eastman School of Music and holds a master of
music degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She has continued
post-masters studies at the New England Conservatory and the
University of Akron.
performed the work at the Athena Festival at Murray State
University. The New Castle resident has been a member of the SRU
faculty since 1977 and performs frequently in the United States and
abroad. Her three compact discs have received wide airplay and
excellent reviews, and she appears regularly at music festivals and
institutes specializing in women and music and was most recently
heard as part of the Slippery Rock Piano Trio at the Baker
Scholarship concert in January.
received her bachelor of arts and master of music degrees from Yale
College. Her doctorate was awarded by Boston University.
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