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Oct. 22, 2004

Violinist Conklin Presents UI Guest Recital Oct. 31

Violinist Scott Conklin will present a free recital as a guest artist of the University of Iowa School of Music, performing three major works for violin and piano, with pianist Alan Huckleberry of the UI music faculty, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Conklin and Huckleberry will play the Sonata in C minor for piano and violin, op.30 no. 2, by Beethoven, "Tzigane" by Maurice Ravel and the Sonata in A major by Cesar Franck.

Huckleberry commented on the concert: "This Halloween night concert will open with a sonata for piano and violin by Beethoven, written in the key of 'inevitable fate': C minor. This was Beethoven's favorite key to describe gloominess, eeriness and death. A famous example of this is his fifth symphony, with fate knocking on the door at the onset.

"Following Beethoven you will hear fireworks. Maurice Ravel's 'Tzigane' ('Hungarian gypsy') is a warhorse written in 1924 for the Hungarian-born Jelly d'Aranyi, one of two violin-playing sisters who settled in London. The work follows the pattern of a traditional Hungarian rhapsody: a long, slow introduction -- a very difficult solo cadenza played on the G string -- leading to a fiery gypsy melody which, with other tunes and dances, culminates in a whirlwind finale.

"Cesar Franck's Sonata, another favorite in the violin repertory, will be the finale of the evening. This is possibly one of the most difficult chamber music pieces for the pianist. It was written in for the famous violinist Eugene Ysaye and was presented to him as a wedding gift in 1886. This cyclic work runs the gamut of human emotions, from the tragic to the ecstatic, from triumphant to despair.

"We hope you join us on Halloween . . . Who knows, there might even be some spooky surprises!"

Conklin has performed as a violin soloist with numerous orchestras including the Louisville, Nashville and Berlin Symphony Orchestras. He is a first place winner of the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and he regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He was a featured artist at the 2004 MTNA National Conference, and he frequently appears in concert with his duo partner, pianist Robert Auler. Conklin is assistant professor of violin at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Conklin holds the honorary distinction of being a "Kentucky Colonel," a title given to him by Gov. Wallace Wilkinson of Kentucky. During the summer months he serves on faculty at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wis., the Michigan All-State Division at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Texas at Arlington Summer Strings Camp, Sound Encounters Music Festival and the Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest. Conklin earned masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan. He also holds a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry is the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's annual summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

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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