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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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