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Piano Duo to Perform in Piano Masters Series

Piano Duo to Perform in Piano Masters Series

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The Kaplan Duo, Drs. Iris Kaplan and Nanette Kaplan Solomon, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, on the Mainstage of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the UPJ campus.

Pianist Iris Kaplan began her studies at the age of eight as a scholarship student at the Juilliard School of Pre-College.  She earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan School of Music and both master and doctoral degrees from New York University’s School of Education.  Her teachers have included Louis Nagel, Edgar Roberts, Gregory Haimovsky, and Antonio Barbosa.  Dr. Kaplan has been a recipient of the Five Towns Music and Art Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Scholarship, the Port Washington Music Advisory Council Award, and the Nell Stockwell Award.  She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad.  In addition to the Kaplan Duo, Dr. Kaplan is a member of the Elysian II, a collaboration with cellist Suzanne Mueller.  This duo actively performs on Long Island, appearing at Great Neck House, the Bryant Library, Jericho and Manhasset libraries, and many other Long Island venues.  Dr. Kaplan has taught at C.W. Post College, Penn State University, the Stecher and Horowitz School of Music, and Poly Pre Country Day School.

Pianist Nanette Kaplan Solomon received her early training at the Juilliard School, and holds a B.A. degree from Yale College, an M.M. degree from Yale School of Music, and a D.M.A. from Boston University, where she studied with the late Leonard Shure.  Dr. Solomon is professor of music at Slippery Rock University, where she teaches piano, music history, music skills, and women in music.  She performs frequently as a soloist and chamber musician, and has presented lecture-recitals at the national and international conferences including the College Music Society meetings in Berlin, Vienna, Kyoto, Limerick, Costa Rica, and Madrid.  Dr. Solomon has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a fellowship to Tanglewood, semi-finalist at the University of Maryland competition, and winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society auditions.  She has also performed at several Festivals of Women Composers held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and at the French Piano Institute in Paris, France.  She recently completed a term as board member for performance of the College Music Society, and has served on the editorial board of the American Music Teacher.  In addition to the Kaplan Duo, Dr. Solomon is a founding member of the Slippery Rock Piano Trio.  Her three compact discs-the piano music of Nikolai Lopatnikoff (Laurel label), Character Sketches and Sunbursts (the latter two compilations of contemporary works by women on the Leonarda label) have received critical acclaim.

Advanced interviews with the artists may be arranged by calling the Office of Marketing and Public Relations at 814-269-2080.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the ArtsLine at 1-800-846-ARTS from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays.  Tickets are $10.  Discount tickets of $8 are being offered to senior citizens (over 65 years of age), students under 18, and members of the Pitt Johnstown community (faculty, staff, students, and card-carrying members of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association).  There is a $2 handling fee per order placed by telephone or mail.  The box office is open for in-person sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The box office also opens one hour before performances.

The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center is a multi-purpose facility operated by the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.  The Arts Center presents a variety of events including musicals, adult and children’s theatre, dance, and musical productions to 12,000 patrons annually.
Posted by Shook, Kimberly on 3/13/2006 3:30:00 PM