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Sept. 7, 2007

'Piano Sundays' begin Sept. 16 at Old Capitol Museum

The University of Iowa School of Music, the Old Capitol Museum and West Music have once again collaborated to bring a music series to the Iowa City-area community during the 2007-08 academic year. "Piano Sundays" will feature UI piano faculty and students performing a wide variety of music on a recently acquired 1878 Steinway grand piano. The concerts, to be held in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum, will be free and open to the public.

The opening concert will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. Ksenia Nosikova and Alan Huckleberry, piano faculty at the UI School of Music, will team up to perform works of Schumann, Clementi and Tchaikovsky.

There will be six additional "Piano Sundays" performances during 2007-08 featuring UI students and faculty, at 1:30 p.m. Sundays Oct. 21, Nov. 18, March 2, March 30 and April 13, and one date to be announced later.

Nosikova, who joined the UI faculty in 1998, has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and South America. She has been invited to perform at international festivals in Munster, France; Rimini, Italy; and Rovin, Yugoslavia; as well as the Aspen and Sarasota Music Festivals in the United States. In 2006 she was named a Steinway artist. For more, see http://

An active solo pianist and chamber musician, Huckleberry joined the UI faculty in 2003. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition. For more information, see

West Music in Coralville restored the Steinway, which features burled rosewood carved legs and satin finish. Restorations included a new soundboard, pin block, tuning pins, strings, dampers, hammers, action parts, and the replacement of some of the pedal lyre. It was acquired in January 2007 with assistance from West Music Company. In addition to his company's gift-in-kind donation, Stephen L. West, president of West Music Company, has once again provided the funding for the 2007 Piano Sundays concert series.

As a place for community and university gatherings, the addition of the Piano Sundays concert series has served in fulfilling Old Capitol Museum's mission of offering quality programming in the arts and humanities.

The UI School of Music piano faculty comprises four full-time professors who maintain critically acclaimed performing, recording and teaching careers in the United States and abroad. The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music website at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kathrine Moermond, Old Capitol Museum, 319-335-0548,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,; Writer: Brittany Piehl