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March 23, 2007

UI School of Music Honors Alumni And Anniversary With April 3 Concert

Three University of Iowa alumni will share the program of a free recital, presented as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the University of Iowa School of Music, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Established in 1906, the UI School of Music has been celebrating its centennial throughout the 2006-07 academic year. As part of the anniversary, the piano faculty wanted to honor several of its accomplished alumni by giving them the opportunity to perform as guests of the School of Music.

The three performers for the April 3 concert will be Hikari Nakamura, Teknalbder Winesberry and Marcelina Turacanu. All three hold doctoral degrees in piano performance from the UI.

Nakamura will play three works from the 19th century: Andante and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 14, by Felix Mendelssohn; No. 2 from Klavierstücke (Piano pieces), D946, by Franz Schubert; and the Scherzo No. 1 in B minor, op. 20, by Frederic Chopin.

Winesberry will present the premiere performance of his own solo piano transcription of the third and fourth movements of the Symphony No. 2 in E minor, opus 27, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Turcanu will play Joseph Haydn's Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI/32; the Andantino movement from Robert Schumann's Sonata in F minor; Maurice Ravel's "Alborada del Gracioso"; and Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Moments Musicales" Nos .3 and 4.

Except for Winesberry's transcription, all the works on the program are part of the standard repertoire of professional concert pianists. Winesberry explained that the first performance of his transcription "coincides partially with the 100th anniversary of Rachmaninoff's symphony.

"I chose to transcribe movements three and four because they occupy a unique place in Rachmaninoff's oeuvre. Movement three has very long arched lyrical lines that sound as if they were conceived for the piano. The last movement, with its persistent triple rhythms, has a jubilant, light-hearted spirit rarely seen in Rachmaninoff's other works. I was curious how these moods would translate into piano.

"I also decided to do this project in order to continue the tradition of pianists who transcribed other composers' orchestral works to solo piano -- for example, Liszt, who transcribed Beethoven's symphonies for solo piano."

Born in Japan, Nakamura moved with her family to Chatswood, Australia, where she received the majority of her musical and Suzuki training. She holds degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music at the University of Sydney, the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Queensland University of Technology and the UI.

In addition to her extensive teaching background, she has soloed with orchestras in both Japan and Australia and participated in piano competitions around the world. She won the 11th North Queensland Concerto Competition and the National Chopin and Wieniawski Competition, and more recently was the winner of the Maia String Quartet Competition at the UI School of Music. Since 2000 she has been teaching piano at the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City.

Winesberry is on staff as piano accompanist in the UI Dance Department. As a concert pianist, he has performed standard classical repertory throughout the country. He was a rehearsal pianist for the internationally acclaimed concert pianist Van Cliburn, and was invited by the U.S. Department of Interior to perform a piano concert that consisted of his own piano works and improvisations based on Native American traditions and historical events.

A native of Romania, Turcanu gave her first public recital at the age of eight and at 12 performed Mozart's D-minor Piano Concerto with the Kishinev Philharmonic Orchestra. She graduated from the Kishinev and Bucharest conservatories with highest honors. To further her teaching career she was given the opportunity to assist major teachers at the St. Petersburg, Kiev and Moscow conservatories.

Turcanu is a winner of numerous national and international piano competitions including the Dinu Lipatti International Piano Competition and the Tallin International Piano Competition, and she received the prestigious Prince De Lambrino Award in 1997. In 2000 she was awarded the first prize in the Art Song Competition in Ohio. She has appeared in recitals and concerto performances throughout the former Soviet Union, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova, Scandinavia, Germany and the United States.

Turcanu has been a faculty member at the Kishinev Institute of the Arts, Kishinev Rachmaninoff College, Porumbesco College and the Enesco Conservatory in Bucharest. She has also been coach/accompanist for the Kishinev and Bucharest opera houses. A frequent adjudicator for local and national piano competitions and festivals, she has also taught master classes in Sweden, Denmark, Romania, Haiti and the United States.

The School of Music's yearlong Centennial Celebration features a series of concerts, many of them featuring premieres of new works or performances by UI alumni. The full schedule of centennial events can be found online 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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