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Musical events for the week of March 6

RELEASED: March 1, 2011

Shapiro & Varshavski
Piano duo Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 8 in Gantner Concert Hall.

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire music and theatre arts department will present the following musical performances the week beginning Sunday, March 6. All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, March 7:

  • Guest artist Kristín Taylor, an Icelandic-American pianist, will hold a lecture-recital at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Her performance, titled "Icelandic Piano Music," will feature piano pieces by Icelandic composer Thorkell Sigurböjrnsson. Taylor is a celebrated pianist whose music has been described as "genuine and straightforward while at the same time moving, sincere and exceptionally affectionate" by classical music critic Jónas Sen. Taylor studied piano in Iceland as an exchange student when she was 16 and later received a Fulbright grant from the U.S. government to conduct research in Iceland for her doctoral thesis on Jón Nordal's Piano Concerto.

Tuesday, March 8:

  • Naomi Hasan, Middleton, will perform a student violin recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Anna Torgerson will accompany on the piano. The performance will include works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, David Sumner, Johannes Brahms and Gabriel Fauré.
  • Guest artists/piano duo Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. Varshavski was born in Ukraine and Shapiro in Russia. The two met at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy, where they were encouraged by a professor to play piano as a duo. The pair was a success, winning top prizes at international competitions, including the world's biggest competition for piano duos, the Dranoff Two Piano Competition.

Thursday, March 10:

  • Lauren Lamers, Appleton, will perform a student flute recital at 5 p.m. in Phillips Recital Hall of the Haas Fine Arts Center. The program will include works by Paul Hindemith, Joseph Schwantner, Kazuo Fukushima and Silvestre Revueltas.

Saturday, March 12:

  • A senior capstone dance recital by Megan Urban, Hillsboro, and Elisabeth O'Keefe, Appleton, will take place at 2 p.m. in Kjer Theatre. The performance, titled "Life Is Only a Melody," will feature nine pieces in various styles, including modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip-hop. The show is choreographed by Urban and O'Keefe.

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