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 Kaplan Due to Return to SRU for March 25 Concert 




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     SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –  The piano-playing sister team of Nanette Kaplan Solomon and Iris Kaplan will return to Slippery Rock University for a four-hand recital at 7:30 p.m., March 25 in Swope Music Hall.

      Solomon, a professor of music at SRU and a resident of New Castle, and her sister, a resident of New York, received their early training at Juilliard, but each pursued separate careers in music.

     The Kaplan Duo, formed in 1987, appeared at SRU in 2003. This year’s concert will include Mozart’s Sonata in C (in tribute to the composer’s 250th birthday), Schubert’s one-movement work titled “Lebensturmme,” as well as works by contemporary American women, specifically Jane Leslie’s “Fanfare,” Emma Lou Diemer’s “Variations: Homage to Ravel, Schoenberg and May Aufderheide,” and Judith Lang Zaimont’s “Snazzy Sonata.” The sisters have performed in New York, including the Brooklyn Museum, Lehman College, Bloomingdale House of Music, the Islip Arts Council, various libraries throughout Long Island and at the 1998 College of Music Society National Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  

       Dr. Solomon joined the SRU music faculty in 1977 and has been an active performer, offering concerts as a soloist and chamber musician on college campuses and in artist series in the United States as well as 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.

      Solomon, who graduated magna cum laude from Yale and earned her doctoral degree from Boston University, says piano 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. She says such work requires the performers to have a great degree of synchronization and coordination.

      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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