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Sept. 11, 2007

UI School of Music and West Music present Piano Extravaganza Sept. 21-23

The University of Iowa School of Music will join with West Music Co. and famed piano maker Steinway & Sons to present the fifth annual Piano Extravaganza Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21 to 23, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The annual event, consisting of performances and master classes in Clapp Recital Hall at the UI, began in 2003 as a celebration of "National Piano Month" and the 150th anniversary of Steinway and Company. This year's three-day celebration will include several performances and other events in Clapp Recital Hall that are open to the public, free of charge:

--7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21: a formal piano recital by students of area piano teachers.

--1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22: informal recital performances by local piano students.

--8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22: pianist Dan Knight will perform his "Walt Whitman Suite," inspired by a recent exhibition at the UI Museum of Art.

--11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23: piano master class with UI piano faculty members.

--7 p.m. Sunday, Sept 23: pianist Richard Glazier presents "Richard Glazier and the Great American Popular Song."

A selection of Steinway, Boston and Essex pianos will be available for viewing and purchasing in the Clapp Recital Hall lobby during the weekend. A percentage of any purchase made during the Piano Extravaganza will go to the piano area of the UI School of Music.

The Piano Extravaganza is an event in cooperation between the University of Iowa, West Music and Steinway and Sons. It gives area piano students and teachers the opportunity to perform in Clapp Recital Hall, to meet the UI piano faculty, and to become acquainted with the School of Music. It also gives the faculty the opportunity to know piano teachers and students in the Iowa City area.

A Steinway Artist as well as a composer, educator and a respected improviser, Knight has built a worldwide reputation. He has made several CD recordings for After Hours Recordings, including "Dan Knight and the La Fosse Jazz Trio: Live from Studio III," recorded with the late UI violin faculty member Leopold La Fosse; "Dan Knight Duo: Live at Riverside Theatre"; and "Dan Knight Quartet: Live at the Cottonwood Club."

Knight has long had a relationship with the UI Museum of Art. In 1999, he recorded and released a CD of music inspired by nine paintings in the museum's permanent collection, "Pictures at an Exhibition," and he played in the UIMA twice during the spring semester of 2004.

His "Whitman Suite" has nine pieces, each based on segments from "Leaves of Grass" or Whitman's volume of "Prose Works." "My intention in the composition of the 'Whitman Suite' is to wrap Whitman's great words in sound, not by arbitrary composition, but by finding in myself those parts of my musical soul that resonate with his," Knight says.

More information on Knight is available at his Web page,

Known as an interpreter of the American popular songbook, Glazier is most closely associated with the music of George and Ira Gershwin. Michael Feinstein wrote: "Richard Glazier has Gershwin in his soul." And Clavier Magazine commented that "Gershwin's piano music has found an exquisite voice in Richard Glazier."

Trained in the classics, Glazier earned bachelor's and master's degrees in piano performance from Indiana University and a doctorate from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He made formal classical debuts in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Rome, and won several major international piano competitions including the Pro Musicis Award and National Federation of Music Clubs Grand Prize.

In 1996, in celebration of George and Ira Gershwin's Centennial, he began performing a one-man, multimedia concert program entitled "Gershwin -- Remembrance and Discovery." He later added "Ragtime & Romance -- The Music of Joplin and Gershwin," "A Salute to the Hollywood Musical" and "Hooray for Love -- The Music of Harold Arlen."

In his multimedia musical tours devoted to American popular song, Glazier starts when Ragtime was King and continues through the decades that followed, with stops in Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Glazier's piano performances are supplemented with inside stories and rare film and audio clips.

Richard Glazier is a Steinway artist. More information is available 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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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

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

PHOTOS of Dan Knight and Richard Glazier are available at