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Release: May 15, 2000

Pianist, former child prodigy Lorin Hollander to perform May 18

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Renowned pianist Lorin Hollander, who debuted at Carnegie Hall when he was 11 years old, will perform from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, May 18 in the Main Lounge of University of Iowa's Memorial Union.

The performance, part of a lecture on "Music, the Creative Process and the Path of Enlightenment: Guiding the Gifted through Their 'Dark Night' to the 'Music of the Spheres,'" is free and open to the public, as is a dessert reception from 9 to 10:30 p.m.

Hollander, of Stockton Springs, Maine, is one of six keynote speakers in the Fifth Biennial Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development May 18-20. The event is being sponsored by the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

Researchers and theorists from around the world will present their current work on talent development, creativity and gifted education during the symposium. All conference activities will be held at the Iowa Memorial Union.

An infant child prodigy who began composing music at 3 and who performed the
Well-Tempered Clavier of Bach at 5, Hollander has performed with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the world.

In describing his lecture/performance, Hollander plans to explore "creativity and madness and other urgent questions about human consciousness interwoven with performances of great classical music, which reflect this vast domain of human reality. We will explore in these events the spiritual realms glimpsed by the masters of art, science, spirituality and literature and empower our entry into the experience of their genius and their madness. We will create a forum of inquiry and spiritual/psychological exploration."

For more information about the symposium, call (800) 336-6463 or (319) 335-6196. Or visit the Belin-Blank Web site at