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Sept. 26, 2006

UI School of Music And West Music Present Piano Extravaganza Oct. 6-8

The University of Iowa School of Music will join with West Music Co. and famed piano maker Steinway & Sons to present the fourth annual Piano Extravaganza Friday through Sunday, Oct. 6-8, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The annual event, consisting of performances and master classes in Clapp Recital Hall at the UI, began in 2003 as a celebration of "National Piano Month" and the 150th anniversary of Steinway and Company. This year's event is also presented in honor of the centennial of the UI School of Music.

The three-day celebration will include several performances and other events in Clapp Recital Hall that are open to the public, free of charge:

-- 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, UI School of Music piano faculty members Uriel Tsachor, Rene Lecuona, Ksenia Nosikova and Alan Huckleberry, in performances of pieces for one to four pianists on one or two pianos;

-- 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, a recital by local piano students;

-- 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, a recital by guest artist Daniel Beliavsky, a Steinway Concert Artist who is one of the few pianists to also be designated a "Steinway Supporting Personality"; and

-- 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, a master class by the four members of the piano faculty at the UI School of Music.

A selection of Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos will be available for viewing and purchasing in the Clapp Recital Hall lobby, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The display will include a one-of-a-kind Steinway & Sons Steuben Glass art-case piano. The instrument was designed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Steinway & Sons and the 100th anniversary of Steuben, one of the world's preeminent makers of art glass. It features an Aubergine lacquer finish and is adorned with 100-percent clear crystal, a decorative glass first introduced by Steuben in the 1920s.

Beliavsky began his professional performance career at the age of 15, when conductor Zdenek Macal invited him to perform Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has appeared as a soloist with orchestra and in recital in both the United States and Europe. He has played twice in Russia in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and has recorded a compact disc with the Israel Philharmonic.

Beliavsky's performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 had a rave review in the Topeka Capital-Journal: "Beliavsky was absolutely thrilling . . . He enabled his listeners to hear this familiar work as if for the first time. Power, grace, thoughtful phrasing -- all the crucial elements of fine pianists were at the control of this magnificent young artist."

Beliavsky performs both standard piano repertoire and more contemporary music, including the left hand concerti of Prokofiev and Ravel and the piano works of David Del Tredici, Donald Harris and Lukas Foss. In the summer of 2002, in honor of Foss' 80th birthday, he recorded the first complete collection of Foss' solo piano music on the label.

Established in 1906, the UI School of Music will celebrate its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. The celebration will feature a series of concerts through the year, including performances by UI faculty and many of the major ensembles of the School of Music. The concerts are listed on the Web at

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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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