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Sept. 18, 2003

Violin-Piano Duo Will Present Italian Program At UI Sept. 29

The duo of violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub and her husband, pianist Eugene Gaub, will present a free guest recital at 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

"The repertoire on our program is mostly Italian and reflects music that we explored during our sabbatical last year in Rome," Eugene Gaub commented. "Even the one Beethoven Sonata on the program" -- the Sonata in A minor, op. 23 -- "was chosen because it has aspects of Italian style, since the first movement is in the style of a tarantella."

The complete program will be:
--"Un mot a Paganini (Elegie)" (A word to Paganini-- Elegy) by Rossini.
--The Capriccio No. 24 in A minor by Paganini.
--Sonata in D manor, K 96, by Domenico Scarlatti.
--Beethoven's Sonata No. 23.
--Sonata in B minor by Ottarino Respighi.

Violinist Nancy McFarland Gaub is a lecturer in music at Grinnell College. As well as directing the chamber music ensembles and teaching both violin and viola, she performs frequently on the Grinnell Chamber Music Series and in many other venues.

Along with her husband, Nancy Gaub is co-artistic director of the Roycroft Chamber Music Festival, which they founded in East Aurora, N.Y. in 1994. Then a member of the first violin section of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, she was a frequent soloist and chamber musician in the Buffalo area.

She has been the recipient of numerous prizes including the Society of American Musicians' Young Artist Award. She has performed at the Aspen, Spoleto (Italy), Chautauqua, Stowe, Adirondack, Grant Park Symphony, and Eastern Music Festivals, and the Festival de Invierno in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She has also performed as soloist on radio and television broadcasts.

A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, Eugene Gaub received a doctorate in music from the Eastman School of Music, where he was also awarded the Performer's Certificate. Since his New York debut playing the First Piano Concerto of Bela Bartok, he has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada, and in major cities of Europe, including Vienna and Salzburg. His performance of W.A. Mozart's Piano Concerto in G major, K. 453, with the Buffalo Philharmonic was cited as one of the year's best by the Buffalo News.

Eugene Gaub has worked closely with many American composers, including John Adams, whose "Phrygian Gates" he was invited to perform at the 1997 National Conference of the College Music Society. He appeared on the UI campus last spring in a program of Bach sonatas with violist Christine Rutledge, as part of her year-long Bach performance series.

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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