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 'Piano Extravaganza' features many hands 



April 23, 2010

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab


'Piano Extravaganza' features many hands


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - It will take six hands and three pianists to present "Romance and Waltz" when 14 Slippery Rock University piano students, alumni and faculty present the annual "Piano Extravaganza" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Swope Music Hall.

           "The audience will certainly enjoy watching three pianists present the Rachmaninoff piece," said Nanette Kaplan Solomon, SRU piano professor and one of the event's pianists. The other pianists for the Rachmaninoff work are Catherine Brown, a 2009 graduate from Butler, and Kathryn Hall from New Castle.

            The evening concert features four-handed piano works and the six-handed work. A transcript of Camille Saint-Saen's "Carnival of the Animals," with its famous Ogden Nash verses will be narrated by Katy Capestrani, an SRU voice major from Butler.

           The program will include original piano duets by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, Virgil Thomson, Roger Quilter and John Corigliano.

           Other students performing will be Aaron Gainer from Lebanon, Douglas Finley from Allison Park, Chelsea Straynick and Thomas Walters, both from Butler, Allison Crumling from York, Cayla Catino from Riegelsville, Cherie Sheppard and Shana Wilson both from Pittsburgh, Samantha St. Ives from New Castle, Eric Kochanowski from Sarver, Caitlin Lowry from Emlenton, and Ai Nakatsuka, an international student from Japan. The students study under Solomon and Glenn Utsch, assistant professor of music.

Admission is $3 for the general public; free to SRU students.


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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