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Release: March 30, 2007

Violinist Merrill Makes Her UI Faculty Concert Debut April 14

Lisa Merrill, a violinist with extensive professional experience who recently joined the University of Iowa faculty as coordinator of the performance practice program in the School of Music, will present her campus solo debut recital with pianist Réne Lecuona at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The recital, featuring music by Schubert, Brahms and Prokofiev, will be free and open to the public.

Merrill has played in several UI faculty chamber performances and appeared on the KSUI radio program "Know the Score," but she has not previously presented a full recital program on the UI campus. She and Lecuona will play three major works from the violin-piano duo repertoire: the Sonatina in D major by Franz Schubert; the Sonata No. 1 in G major, op 78, by Johannes Brahms; and the Sonata No. 2 in D major, op. 94, by Sergei Prokofiev.

"Réne and I worked together for the first time a year ago, and we really clicked musically," Merrill said. "We immediately began making plans for future collaborations -- such as this recital. Réne is such a generous musician who brings out the best in those she works with. I feel very lucky to be performing with her."

Merrill joined the UI faculty of the School of Music in the fall of 2006. She has performed throughout the United States as a member of the NW Chamber Orchestra of Seattle, the Santa Fe Opera, the New Orleans Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony and the New Mexico Symphony, as concertmaster of Sinfonia Concertante of Portland, Ore., and as a core member of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble of Oregon.

As a chamber musician, she has performed in the chamber series of the NW Chamber Orchestra, the Alaska Music Festival, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks Fine Arts Festival, the Hop River Chamber Music Festival in Connecticut, the Oregon Coast Music Festival, Serenata de Santa Fe, Sun Valley Summer Symphony and the Windsor Court Chamber Players in New Orleans.

Currently she is playing her fourth season with the Bach Festival Orchestra of Bethlehem, Pa., with whom she performed at the BBC Proms in 2003, and she will return this summer for her 16th season with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Locally, she is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra.

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Since joining the UI faculty in 1990, Lecuona has performed solo and chamber music throughout the United States and South America, in Mexico and in the Caribbean. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall in 1993 with her UI faculty colleague mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle and has also performed in the Goodman Hall at Lincoln Center with soprano Rachel Joselson, also from the UI faculty. For more information go to

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072; cell: 319-541-2846;

HIGH-RES PHOTOS of Merrill and Lecuona are available at and