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FINAL PIANO RECITAL IN SCHUBERT SERIES MARCH 15 -- Pianist Daniel Shapiro will play the last of a series of four recitals celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Viennese composer Franz Schubert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

Schubert, who was born Jan. 31, 1797, is being celebrated throughout the music world this year with concerts, symposia, lectures, recordings and other events. Shapiro's program for the March 15 recital will feature the Four Impromptus, D. 935, and one of Schubert's last completed works, the Sonata in B-flat major, D. 960.

The son of a Viennese schoolmaster, Schubert was the only native of Vienna among the many Classic composers associated with that city. His life was short -- he died at the age of 31 -- but extraordinarily productive. The numbered list of his works reaches 998, including more than 600 songs, seven completed symphonies, many pieces of chamber music and works for piano.

A member of the UI School of Music faculty, Shapiro captivated local classical music audiences in 1995 when he accomplished the remarkable feat of playing all 32 piano sonatas of Beethoven from memory in a series of eight recitals.

Before coming to the UI in 1992, Shapiro had won several piano competitions, including the American Pianists Association Beethoven Fellowship Award, the Joanna Hodges International Piano Competition and the International Piano Recording Competition. He also received the top award in the William Kapell International Piano Competition.

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UI HANCHER BOX OFFICE CLOSES FOR SPRING BREAK MARCH 22-30 -- The Hancher Auditorium box office at the University of Iowa will be closed Saturday, March 22, through Sunday, March 30, for UI spring break.

The box office will resume its regular business hours Monday, March 31:

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and 1-3 p.m. Sunday. From the local calling area or outside Iowa, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance within Iowa and western Illinois is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284.

People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158. The line is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.