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Release: Nov. 2, 2001


HARPSICHORD RECITAL NOV. 11 -- Larry Palmer, who teaches organ and harpsichord at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, will present a recital of both new and old music for harpsichord, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Building on the UI campus.

The concert, which is sponsored by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society, will be free and open to the public.

The early music segment of the program will comprise four pieces from the 18th century, the high-water mark for the harpsichord before the piano became the keyboard instrument of choice for most players and composers. These will be an 18th-century keyboard arrangement of the Overture from "Water Musick" by George Frideric Handel; "La Forqueray" by Jacques Duphly; the Prelude and Fugue in A Major from book two of the Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach; and a modern arrangement for harpsichord of the Chaconne movement of Bach's Partita in D minor for solo violin.

Two other pieces on the program represent the 20th-century revival of the harpsichord, which began with historically researched performance of older music, but soon included the composition of new pieces for harpsichord. Palmer will play the "English Suite" of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, written in 1909 and revised in 1940, and the "Trifles" of Glenn Spring, written in 1999.

Palmer has been on the faculty of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University since 1970. He is currently professor and head of organ and harpsichord, director of graduate studies in music and University Organist. Educated at Oberlin College Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music, Palmer is internationally known as performer, scholar, and teacher. He is the author of "Hugo Distler and his Church Music" (1967) and "Harpsichord in America -- a 20th-Century Revival" (1989/1993). He has written more than 100 articles, many of them for the magazine, The Diapason, for which he has been harpsichord contributing editor since 1969. Two solo recordings for The Musical Heritage Society, five compact discs for Encore Performance/Limited Editions Recordings, and a recent recording of historic Portuguese organs for SoundBoard comprise his discography.

Known for his performances of baroque music, Palmer is also committed to contemporary works. More than 40 new scores for harpsichord, organ, and choir have been written for him. In recent seasons he has appeared as soloist in Poulenc's Organ Concerto with SMU's I Palpiti Ensemble, as organist and harpsichordist with the Dallas Symphony, played solo recitals in Baton Rouge, Coppell, Beaumont, at the University of Oklahoma, in Neuf Brisach (France), and in Alvito (Portugal).

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Iowa City Early Keyboard Society (ICEKS) aims to foster appreciation of historical keyboard instruments, primarily the harpsichord, clavichord, and fortepiano, through education and performance. More information about the ICEKS and its programs is available on the internet at <>.

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ORGANIST FROM LUTHER COLLEGE NOV. 16 -- William Kuhlman, college organist at Luther College in Decorah, will present a free University of Iowa guest recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Kuhlman's recital, which will be free and open to the public, is jointly sponsored by the UI School of Music and the UI student chapter of the American Guild of Organists. While on campus, Kuhlman will also present a class for organ students in the UI School of Music.

Kuhlman will play a varied program, playing works by 19th- and 20th-century composers that are relatively unfamiliar to the general public. The program will include works by Belgian composer Flor Peeters, a prolific composer who also made an international reputation as a concert organist and teacher; Maurice Monhardt, who is professor emeritus of theory and composition at Luther College; 20th-century Czech composer Petr Eben, whose extensive output includes cantatas, organ works, songs and instrumental music; and Alexandre Guilmant, who is often cited as being one of the most prolific composers to have written for the organ.

Kuhlman has played solo and orchestral engagements throughout the world. He has been a frequent guest on the National Public Radio program "Pipedreams," and has also appeared on the programs "Performance Today" and "Saint Paul Sunday Morning." He has recently published an extensive database of over 18,000 organ pieces based on 3000 tunes, entitled "The Organist's Music Library Plus."

At Luther College, Kuhlman performs daily at chapel services, Sundays in worship services, and in recitals at the Center for Faith and Life, in addition to many choral and special concerts throughout the school year. More than 40 of his students have advanced to higher degrees.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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