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Sept. 2, 2009

Two UI graduate students featured as 'Piano Sundays' series opens Sept. 6

Sunghee Lee Hinners and Ann DuHamel, graduate students in the University of Iowa School of Music, will kick off the fall semester of Old Capitol Museum's "Piano Sundays" series at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol Museum.

Other scheduled "Piano Sundays" programs will be held Oct. 4 at 1:30 p.m., featuring talented high school students; and Nov. 1 at 1:30 p.m., a showcase of top UI undergraduate and graduate students. All performances will be held in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber and are free and open to the public.

This marks the fourth year that the UI School of Music, the Old Capitol Museum, and West Music Company have collaborated to bring the Iowa City-area community the "Piano Sundays" series of recitals. "I am really looking forward to our fourth year of Piano Sundays," said Kathrine Moermond, education and outreach coordinator at Old Capitol Museum. "It is an honor for us to be showcasing the remarkable talent that we have from the University's School of Music."

Sunghee Hinners has performed in several countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Korea, Austria, China, and the United States. She is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in piano performance. Hinners is a regular performer with the Center for New Music. She is also a member of the UI Graduate Piano Quartet. Hinners will perform 32 Variations in C-minor, Op. 32 by Beethoven, Consolation in D-Flat major, No. 3 by Franz Liszt, and Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 by Chopin.

Ann DuHamel is also a DMA candidate studying piano performance and pedagogy. For eight years, DuHamel taught and served as assistant artistic director at the Central Minnesota Music School in St. Cloud, Minn. She also taught as adjunct piano faculty at the College of St. Benedict. In fall 2007, she joined the faculty of the Preucil School of Music in Iowa City. DuHamel will perform Sonetto 47 del Petrarca by Franz Liszt, Prelude and Fugue No. 15 in G major, WTC II by Bach, and Sonata No. 31 in A-flat Major, Op. 110 by Beethoven.

West Music Company in Coralville restored Old Capitol's 1878 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. The piano was acquired in January 2007, with assistance from West Music. In addition to this gift-in-kind donation, Stephen L. West, president of West Music, has once again generously provided the funding for the 2009-10 "Piano Sundays" concert series.

The addition of the "Piano Sundays" concert series helps fulfill Old Capitol Museum's mission of offering quality programming in the arts and humanities to the university and the community. For more information on the Old Capitol Museum, visit

The UI 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 Web site 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 0546,; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Holly Berg