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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
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
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
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 http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr
on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
The web page for Piano Festival '99-2000 is at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SOMfest2.html.
(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
Piano Festival has a page on the world-wide web, at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/SOMfest2.html.)