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October 15, 2004

UMBC Presents the SONOS Duo in Concert

Sonos (Rachel Franklin and Corey McVicar)On Sunday, November 7th at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, the UMBC Department of Music's Faculty Recital Series presents duo SONOS, featuring the artistry of pianists Rachel Franklin and Corey McVicar.

Their program will include Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues by Frederic Rzewski; Variations on a Theme of Joseph Haydn, Op. 56b by Johannes Brahms; the Rondo in C major, Op. 73 by Frederick Chopin; the Variations on a Theme of Paganini by Witold Lutoslawski; and other works, including improvised jazz solos as both commentary and contrast.

SONOS performances showcase international classical and jazz artists combining their talents to blur the edges between classical chamber works and jazz improvisation. Witty conversation contrasts superb performances, as SONOS explores the fascinating links between genres: jazz as chamber music, classical music with jazz, and why they work wonderfully together.

As a Pro Musicis International Award winner, British pianist Rachel Franklin has given her solo debuts in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York, and Jordan Hall, Boston. The Boston Globe enthused about her “beautiful differentiations of color, touch and texture” and described a performance on her solo debut CD as “not inferior…to the recorded performances by Cortot and Rubinstein.” She has also given European Pro Musicis solo debuts in Paris and Rome. An accomplished jazz pianist, Rachel Franklin has performed with many jazz ensembles and has broadcast solo jazz on BBC Radio 3. Much in demand as a teacher and speaker, she is a member of the faculties at UMBC and the Peabody Conservatory.

Corey McVicar is a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty. He received musical degrees from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and completed post graduate piano studies in Germany and France, working with Ann Schein, Leon Fleisher, Yvonne Lefebure and Murray Perahia. A winner of numerous competition prizes and awards including the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, he has been featured in concerts and broadcasts in Australia, Thailand, Singapore, France and at various cities and venues in the United States including Carnegie Recital Hall.

This event is sponsored in part by Jordan Kitts Music.

Admission is $7 general, $3 for senior citizens, free for all students, and free with a UMBC ID.

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Posted by dwinds1 at October 15, 2004 12:00 AM