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Oct. 30, 2008

Trio of UI faculty member Tsachor, guests to play at Preucil School Nov. 10

Uriel Tsachor, a pianist from the University of Iowa School of Music faculty, will be joined by Uri Vardi, cello, and Andrew Hardy, violin, in a chamber music performance at 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, in the Herbert and Janice Wilson Auditorium of the Preucil School of Music, at 524 N. Johnson St. in Iowa City.

The concert, featuring three works for piano trio, will be free and open to the public.

Due to the closure of the Voxman Music Building following the record floods in June, the School of Music does not have access to its usual performance venues. One of the locations for performances during the current year will be the auditorium of the Preucil School of Music's main building. To view a map visit

Both Hardy and Vardi have made several appearances on the UI campus for performances with Tsachor and other members of the School of Music faculty.

The program for Nov. 10 will comprise three works: the "Variations on a Hebrew Melody" by Paul Ben Haim; Erich Korngold's Trio in D Major, op. 1; and the Trio in B Major, op. 8, by Johannes Brahms, performed in the revised version from 1891.

Ben Haim's  "Variations" were composed in 1939 and based on a tune from the desert nomadic culture known in the West as Bedouins. Tsachor characterized this little-known work, noting that "The six variations move from a highly meditative mood to explosive dance rhythms, while the score shows many impressionistic influences."

"A true child prodigy, Korngold wrote his Trio in D major when he was 13 years old," Tsachor said. "It is a complex and rich work showing the young composer's deep knowledge of complex harmonic and contrapuntal language, his skill writing large forms and his ability to connect movements through thematic transformation.

"Although it is chamber music, there are many references to operatic writing by Wagner and Richard Strauss in the work."

The Brahms Trio was originally composed as op. 8 in 1854 and shows many influences of the composer Robert Schumann, who was a champion and close friend of the young Brahms. The trio was later revised, creating a much better balance between the dramatic and lyrical contents of the work.

A native of Baltimore, Hardy made his solo debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when he was just 15. He has won numerous prizes, including the  "Special Prize, Isaac Stern" in 1983, and he has served as orchestral concertmaster in both the United States and Germany. Since 2002, he has been a regular member of the violin jury at the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music. For more information visit

Vardi has performed as a recitalist, soloist and chamber player across the United States, Europe, South America and his native Israel. He has served as assistant principal cellist of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and principal cellist of the Israel Sinfonietta. In 1990, following an extensive teaching and performing career in Israel, Vardi was appointed cello professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. To see his biography visit

Uriel Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, he was a winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986 and the Busoni Competition in 1985, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983. Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung described him as "A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry." To see his biography visit

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information visit

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