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Oct. 6, 2006

Guest Duo Will Perform Music For Piano, Cello -- And Voice! -- Oct. 19

Singer/pianist Martha Fischer and cellist Parry Karp, faculty members at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present a University of Iowa guest recital featuring music for combinations of cello, voice and piano, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their recital will be free and open to the public.

A multi-talented performer, Fischer does something that is not unusual for cabaret performers, but that is almost unprecedented in classical recitals: she sings while accompanying herself on piano. This opens up an area of repertoire for her performances with Karp that would not otherwise be available to a duo: not only works for cello and piano, and for voice and piano, but also works for voice, cello and piano.

Two of the latter will be on the Oct. 19 recital program: Two Songs for alto voice, cello and piano, op. 91, by Johannes Brahms, and "Dream with Me" for voice, cello and piano by Leonard Bernstein. Fischer will also perform "Five Songs from the Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson" for voice and piano by Aaron Copland.

Surrounding these three works with voice will be two pieces for cello and piano: the Adagio and Allegro, op. 70, by Robert Schumann will open the concert, and the Sonata in G minor for piano and cello, op. 19, by Sergey Rachmaninoff will close the concert.

Fischer heads the collaborative piano program at Wisconsin. An active accompanist and chamber musician, she has performed throughout the United States and Europe with many nationally recognized singers and instrumentalists.

With a particular devotion to Franz Schubert's lieder and chamber music, she co-founded Schubert Ensembles in Boston and Washington, D.C., and she has recorded Schubert's "Winterreise" (A winter journey) with baritone Paul Rowe.

She also performs as a singer and has presented unique recitals of art song in which she accompanies herself in the tradition of the French singer Jane Bathori. For more information, see:

Karp is artist-in residence and professor of chamber music and cello at Wisconsin, where he is director of the string chamber music program. He has been cellist of the Pro Arte Quartet for the past 30 years.

An active solo artist, he performs numerous recitals annually in the United States. He has performed in the premieres of dozens of new works, many of which were written for him. As a solo recording artist, he has recorded six CDs. For more information, see:

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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