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Sept. 7, 2007

Molina Duo performs Sept. 18 as guests of the UI School of Music

The Molina Duo -- cellist Moisés Molina from Western Illinois University and pianist Andrea Molina, who is a graduate student in the University of Iowa School of Music -- will present a duo recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Their UI guest recital will be free and open to the public.

The duo will play a program featuring three works of disparate style and character: the Sonata for Cello and Piano in A Major, op. 69, by Ludwig van Beethoven, from the standard classical repertoire; Three Tangos by Astor Piazzolla, the Argentine creator of the unique style known as "Nuevo tango" (new tango); and the Sonata for cello and piano, op. 40, by the 20th-century Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

Since 1992, the Molina Duo has given recitals and master classes throughout North and Central America and has appeared as guest lecturers at the College Music Society International Convention in Costa Rica.

Moisés Molina is associate professor of cello and assistant director of the School of Music at Western Illinois University (WIU). He is also the cellist for the WIU-based Julstrom String Quartet. He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and his native Honduras. He has also played solo and chamber music recitals in the United States, Europe, Central and South America. He serves as principal cello of the Quincy (Ill.) Symphony Orchestra and associate principal in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.

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A graduate student in orchestral conducting at the UI, Andrea Molina is the pianist for the Peoria Symphony. She has served as music director and opera coach for Opera On Wheels and University Opera Theatre productions for Western Illinois University. She has also directed opera productions for St. Martin's Chamber Players and opera education and outreach programs for Opera New England (a division of Boston Lyric Opera), Opera Illinois and the Muddy River Opera Company. She has been an official accompanist for the International Double Reed Society's convention, the NATS Intern Workshop and the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and principal pianist for the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.

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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