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KAPLAN DUO TO RETURN TO SRU FOR MARCH 25
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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