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 SRU Faculty Cello and Piano Duo Recital Set 

 

SPOTLIGHT

2/14/2006

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199;  e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

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 music scholarships.

      The program 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.

      Pablo Casals 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 worldwide.

      Solomon will 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 Italy.

      Tuttle 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.

    Solomon recently 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.  

       Solomon received her bachelor of arts and master of music degrees from Yale College. Her doctorate was awarded by Boston University.

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