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April 23, 2008

Tricia Park, Iowa City native Conor Hanick will play violin-piano recital May 11

Violinist Tricia Park (photo, right) from the University of Iowa School of Music and Iowa City native Conor Hanick (photo, left), piano, will team up to present a UI faculty/guest recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 11, in Clapp Recital Hall.

The performance will be free and open to the public.

Park and Hanick will each perform solo works on their instruments, as well as three works for violin and piano together. The duo works on the program will be the Sonata in G Major, K301, by W.A. Mozart, the Sonata in G minor by Debussy, and Ravel's Gypsy fantasy "Tzigane."

In addition, Park will play "The Stream Flows" by Bright Sheng, which she premiered at the Aspen music festival in 1990, and Hanick will play a selection from Debussy's Preludes for piano, Book II.

"Conor Hanick is an Iowa City native who has gone on to do great things in New York and at my alma mater, the Juilliard School," Park commented. "I am very excited to be collaborating with Conor. This will be our 'debut' performance as a duo. We are especially happy that we are performing here in Iowa City on Mother's Day, as both of our mothers -- and fathers -- will be in the audience that day.

"The program is an eclectic and colorful mix, allowing the performers and listeners to enjoy a wide range of sonorities and textures, with Debussy and Ravel giving a distinctly French flavor.

"We chose the Mozart Sonata because it's youthful charm makes a lovely way to open the program.

"The Debussy works are from his later period. The Preludes from Book II are among his most avant-garde works, while the violin sonata, which is among his last compositions before his untimely death in 1918, is notable for its neo-classical qualities. The sonata is spare and lean in texture and yet retains all of the lush harmonic qualities that one come to expect from Debussy. It allows us, the performers, the unique opportunity to experiment with different sound colors and dimensions."

Bright Sheng wrote "The Stream Flows" in 1990. Cho-Liang Lin was expected to perform the Aspen Music Festival premiere of the work, but was unable to due to another engagement. Sheng asked Park perform the premiere, giving her the opportunity to work closely with the composer.

The composer wrote, "The first part of 'The Stream Flows' is based on a famous Chinese folk song from the southern part of China. The freshness and richness of this tune deeply touched me when I first heard it. Since then, I have used it as basic material in several of my works. Here I hope the solo violin evokes the timbre and tone quality of a female folk singer. The second part of these pieces is a fast country dance based on a three-note motive."

One of the most challenging virtuoso pieces in the repertoire, "Tzigane" is a staple for violinists. "Ravel's gypsy flair is a rambunctious way to end the program and hopefully will have the audience on its feet," Park said.

Park joined the UI faculty as the Maia Quartet's first violinist in 2005. A celebrated soloist as well as a chamber musician, she has performed worldwide a both orchestral soloist and chamber musician. She received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected as one of "Korea's World Leaders of Tomorrow" by the Korean Daily Central newspaper. For more information on Park, visit

Hanick began his studies at age 10 with Daniel Shapiro and Rene Lecuona, both members of the School of Music faculty at the time. In 2005 he graduated with honors in piano and journalism from Northwestern University where he studied with Alan Chow and chamber music with Ursula Oppens. He is currently a student at Juilliard, pursuing a master's degree, and in the fall will be a full-scholarship C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellow.

Hanick has recently performed with Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy in works by Boulez and Elliott Carter, the AXIOM Ensemble in Olivier Messiaen's "Des Canyons aux Etoiles" (From the canyons to the starts) for solo piano and orchestra in Lincoln Center, and with conductor James Conlon in two chamber orchestra performances at John Jay College. In 2007 he was a soloist in the opening concert of the FOCUS! Festival with the New Juilliard Ensemble and was also heard in partnership with the Juilliard dance department in its Spring Dance Gala, performing solo works by UI alumnus and recent Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang.

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