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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 26, 2003

Perahia Will Conduct, Solo With Academy Of St. Martin-In-The Fields

Renowned pianist Murray Perahia will be conductor and soloist in an all-Beethoven program when the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields returns to the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium for a concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18.

Perahia will conduct from the keyboard in Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, and also lead the orchestra in a string-orchestra arrangement of the Quartet in E-flat Major, opus 127.

Perahia is the principal guest conductor of the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the world-famous chamber orchestra that was founded in 1959 by Sir Neville Marriner. With more than 500 recordings to its credit, the Academy remains the most-recorded chamber orchestra in the world.

The orchestra has received numerous international awards, including eight Edison Awards, the Canadian Grand Prix and a multitude of gold discs -- 13 alone for the soundtrack of Milos Forman's film "Amadeus." Another soundtrack, "The English Patient," won an Oscar for Best Sound, and the Academy won a 2003 Grammy Award for its recording of Brahms and Stravinsky violin concertos with soloist Hilary Hahn.

From the beginning of his career in the early 1970s, when he became the first American to win the Leeds International Piano Competition, Murray Perahia has been recognized as a "poet" of the keyboard, and as an insightful and exacting conductor.

He became a close friend of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz, and like his mentor Perahia has attracted a devoted and adoring international following.

"Murray Perahia is one of those special artists for whom we receive requests on a regular basis," says Hancher artistic director Judith Hurtig. "Those who have followed his career know that an injury prevented him from performing for several years, and this is the first opportunity we have had to book him. To be able to present him with the best chamber orchestra in the world is an added bonus."

Corporate support for the Oct. 18 concert comes from Cambridge Place Apartments, Phyllis Miller, owner; Universal Climate Control, Thomas and Kathryn Nereim, owners; and UI Hospitals and Clinics through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Tickets for Murray Perahia and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields are $50, $45 and $40 ($40 and $12 for UI students; and $40, $36 and $32 for youth).

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial (319) 335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website: http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher .

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail hancherboxoffice@uiowa.edu

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

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

CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu.

PHOTOS are available at http://www.uiowa.edu/hancher/media.html