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Oct. 19, 2007

Pianist from Rock Island will be Piano Festival guest at UI Oct. 28

Kate Boyd, a young pianist from Rock Island, Ill., who is now on the faculty at Butler University in Indianapolis, will present a free recital as part of the University of Iowa School of Music Piano Festival, at 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

During her visit to the UI campus, Boyd will also present a master class to UI piano students. The master class, which will be open to the public free of charge, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in Clapp Recital Hall.

Boyd's program will include works from the Baroque period to the 21st century:

-- Suite No. 5 in E Major by George Frideric Handel;

-- Sonata in A-flat Major, op. 110, by Ludwig van Beethoven;

-- "Three Improvements for Piano," composed in 2003 by Daniel Koontz; and

-- Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, op. 24 by Johannes Brahms.

An annual event, the Piano Festival is a celebration of piano performance and teaching. It typically includes master classes for UI students and free public performances from outstanding visiting artist-teachers from around the world.

Boyd has performed as a soloist and as a guest artist with chamber music ensembles throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to performing standard works of the piano literature, she has a long-standing interest in commissioning new works and performing works by living composers. She is director of piano studies and assistant professor of piano at Butler University, and she spends her summers teaching chamber music and piano at the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vt.

For more information see her Web page 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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