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Feb. 1, 2007

Kairoff Will Play 17th- And 18th-Century Harpsichord Music Feb. 18

Peter Kairoff, a pianist and harpsichordist who performs repertoire from renaissance keyboard pieces to late 19th-century American piano music, will give a free recital as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Kairoff's program, played on the harpsichord, will range from anonymous English dance music from the early 17th century to late 18th-century sonatas by Baldassare Galuppi. The complete program will be:

-- four anonymous pieces from The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, which was compiled in England around 1620;

-- "The Carman's Whistle," a set of variations by the English composer William Byrd;

-- the French Suite no. 5 in G Major by J.S. Bach;

-- sonatas in F major and D minor by Galuppi; and

-- the Suite in G-Minor by George Frideric Handel.

Kairoff received master's and doctoral degrees in music performance from the University of Southern California and studied in Italy as a Fulbright Scholar and Rotary International Fellow. He has performed internationally as pianist and harpsichordist. His recordings of late 19th-century American music have also received enthusiastic reviews from the Washington Post, Fanfare and other publications. In addition to teaching and performing, he is director of the Wake Forest campus in Venice, Italy, where he spends two months each year. More information can be found 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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