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Release: Sept. 3, 1999
Mezzo-soprano Eberle, pianist Nosikova will present
an all-Russian program Sept. 19
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle
will present a program of Russian songs at a University of Iowa School of
Music faculty recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12 in Clapp Recital Hall on
the UI campus. Eberle will be joined by Russian pianist Ksenia Nosikova for
the program, which will be free and open to the public.
Eberle and Nosikova will take the program on tour
to Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill. at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 to
Sheslow Auditorium of Drake University in Des Moines at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and
to Ft. Hayes State University in Kansas at 8 p.m. Oct. 4.
Eberle, who has presented a wide variety of song programs
locally since joining the UI faculty in 1991, said that the Russian heritage
of Nosikova -- a new member of the faculty last
year -- was the inspiration for the current program.
"I was so thrilled to hear Ksenia play Russian repertoire
last year on her recital," Eberle said. "When I heard her play, I really wanted
to present a program with her. Her obvious native background and stunning
ability to play that repertoire with such feeling and nuance made me take
on the daunting task.
"I teach a course in art song repertoire, so I knew
that there was a great deal of beautiful music that I wanted to share. But
because I have never formally studied Russian, it has been a long task to
prepare the language. I have had coachings with a native teacher and a Russian
professor. And Ksenia has provided additional insight into performance practice
and helped me find what works well for my voice."
Eberle will present songs by most of the best known
and most significant Russian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, starting
with the Romantic composers Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Borodin and
Sergei Rachmaninoff, continuing with 20th-century modernists Sergei Prokofiev
and Igor Stravinsky, and concluding with Dmitri Shostakovich.
A native of Akron, Ohio, Eberle has performed internationally
in opera, concert and solo recitals. The Atlanta Constitution wrote, "Katherine
Eberle was a standout. More than any other performer, she showed what it takes
for a solo performer to command the stage."
She has performed with the opera theater of Lille,
France, the Academy of the West, the Carmel Bach Festival, the Aspen Festival
Opera Theatre, the American Institute of Music Studies in Graz, Austria, and
at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.
Her solo compact disc of songs of women composers, "From
a Woman's Perspective," has been issued by Albany Records on the Vienna Modern
Masters Label. She was also soloist on a CD of the Mozart "Requiem" released
by the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Eberle made her New York debut at Weill Recital Hall
at Carnegie Hall in 1993. In 1994 and '95 she toured as a musical ambassador
for the United States Information Agency, performing in South American and
Korea. In 1998 she was elected President of the State Chapter of the National
Association of Teachers of Singing, hosting the state convention.
She has won awards from the National Association of
Teachers of Singing, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Bel Canto
Foundation and the Ann Arbor Friends of Opera. During the academic year she
is on the faculty of the UI School of Music, and for seven summers she taught
at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In 1997 Eberle did research on American
opera in Washington, D.C., and Chicago.
Nosikova has performed as both soloist and chamber
musician throughout the United States and Europe. She has toured the Soviet
Union, Yugoslavia and Italy with a piano trio from the Moscow Conservatory.
She made her New York debut in 1996 in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.
She has performed concertos with the Louisiana Symphony, the University of
Colorado Symphony and the Jefferson Symphony.
Nosikova has been a prize winner in numerous piano
competitions, including the Frinna Awerbach International Piano Competition
in New York, the Alabama International Piano Competition, the William Byrd
Young Artist Competition in Flint, Mich., and the St. Charles International
Piano Competition in Chicago. She has also performed extensively as vocal
accompanist, appearing at international competitions in 'sHertogenbosch, the
Netherlands, and Stuttgart, Germany.
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