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Release: Feb. 18, 2000

School of Music wraps up piano festival with recital, master class

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Music will conclude its Piano Festival 1999-2000 with a recital and master class by Ann Schein. Both the recital, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 29, in Clapp Recital Hall, and the master class, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the same location, will be free and open to the public.

Now in its second year, the Piano Festival brings internationally acclaimed artists to the UI campus to perform and offer master classes. Earlier this academic year, the festival brought three pianists to the UI campus in a single week: Norma Fisher of England, Sergei Dorensky of Russia, and American Constance Keene.

Schein's recital program will feature works by composers who were also great pianists: The Sonata in E-flat major, op. 81a of Beethoven, Robert Schumann's "Davidsbundlertanze" (Dances of the league of David), two preludes by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Chopin's Sonata No. 3 in B minor.

A member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of Music and an artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival, Schein has been performing solo recitals, concertos and chamber music for nearly 40 years. Identified as "the surprise sensation of the year" in her first recordings, she went on to a highly acclaimed 1962 Carnegie Hall debut and many performances in the major concert halls of America and Europe.

Following one of Schein's performances, the critic of the Washington Post wrote, "Everything was so dazzlingly played, so musically right that all one could do was sit back in gasping admiration."

She has performed as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Baltimore Symphony, among other major orchestras. She has performed chamber music with the Cleveland and American string quartets, and frequently plays duos with her husband, violinist Earl Carlyss, who was a member of the Juilliard String Quartet for 20 years. She has also toured and recorded with the soprano Jessye Norman.

In 1980 Schein presented the first complete Chopin cycle in New York City in 35 years, performing to six sold-out houses at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Last year she played the Dvorak Piano Quintet with the Maia Quartet, the quartet in residence at the UI School of Music. Her recording of Schumann's solo piano works was recently released on Ivory Classics.

For information on UI arts events, visit on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at The web page for Piano Festival '99-2000 is at

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Carole Thomas, the coordinator of the UI School of Music Piano Festival '99-2000, may be reached at (319) 335-1650, or by e-mail at The Piano Festival has a page on the world-wide web, at