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Oct. 3, 2003

Photo: Stacy Maugans

Saxophone-Piano Duo Will Present UI Guest Recital Oct. 17

The saxophone-piano duo of Stacy Maugans and Joseph Bognar, faculty members at Valparaiso University in Indiana, will present a University of Iowa guest recital at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 in Harper Hall of the UI Voxman Music Building.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

Maugans and Bognar will play music written in the 1970s and '80s by composers from Russia and Eastern Europe. The five works on the program will be:
-- "Iskushenie Parisa" (Seduction of Paris), composed in 1987 by Hillar A. Kareva;
-- "Osenniaia Sonatina" (Autumn Sonatina), composed in 1978 by Viacheslav P. Artemov;
-- "Tirie," composed in 1983 by Dmitrii N. Smirnov;
-- "Siuita Nastroenii" (Suite of Moods), composed in 1988 by Iurii N. Chugunov, with movements titled "Confusion," "Foreboding," "Day Dreams" "and "Joy"; and
-- the Concerto, composed in 1976 by Mikhail D. Gotlib.

Maugans currently teaches saxophone, musicianship and freshman humanities at Valparaiso University. She has presented solo and chamber music recitals in Indiana, Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Minnesota, California, Georgia and Florida as a guest artist and as a participant of regional and national conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and the World Saxophone Congress.

As a member of the Arizona State University Saxophone Quartet, she won the Coleman Award for Woodwinds or Brass at the national chamber music competition in Pasadena, Cal. For four years Maugans performed as a member of the Texas Wind Symphony and substitute in the Dallas Wind Symphony. An active recitalist, adjudicator and lecturer on the history of saxophone in Russia and the former Soviet Union, Maugans is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, College Music Society, North American Saxophone Alliance and Mathematical Association of America. She has received grants from the United States Department of Education and Social Science Research Council for studies in Russian.

She received a doctorate in saxophone literature and performance at Indiana University, where she studied with UI alumnus Eugene Rousseau.

Bognar teaches piano, harpsichord, music theory and history, and freshman humanities at Valparaiso University. He performs in dozens of recitals each year on piano, harpsichord and organ. He has been a pianist and vocal coach for the Dorian Opera Theatre and has appeared as an accompanist for the International Trombone Festival. He has performed in recitals and chamber programs at Andrews University, the University of Nevada at Reno, the University of Hartford, North Park University in Chicago, Kalamazoo College and Luther College.

As a proponent of contemporary music, Bognar has premiered piano solo works of composer Stephen Wilcox in new music programs at the University of Illinois, Indiana University, Indiana State University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Together with violinist Andrew Smith and cellist Andrea Mills, he is a member of the Castillon Piano Trio. The trio will serve as the resident ensemble for the Stamford International Music Festival, UK, in August 2004.

Bognar completed undergraduate studies in piano and organ at Valparaiso University. Awarded two university fellowships, he studied piano at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1996 he made his professional debut with violinist Irena Muresanu in a radio broadcast recital from the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa on the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact <ur-acr@uiowa.edu>.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, 319-384-0072, peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.