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Sept. 23, 2005

Molina Duo Will Present Cell-Piano Recital Oct. 7 At UI

Moises and Andrea Molina, members of the faculty of Western Illinois University who perform together as the Molina Duo, will present a cello and piano recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7 in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Their UI guest recital will be free and open to the public.

Their program of French music for cello and piano will comprise three pieces: the "Suite Française" by Francis Poulenc, consisting of six movements representing dance types from French history; "Three Pieces" by Nadia Boulenger; and the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Cesar Franck.

Since 1992, the Molina Duo has given recitals and master classes throughout North and Central America and has appeared as guest lecturers at the College Music Society International Convention in Costa Rica.

Moises Molina is associate professor of cello and coordinator of graduate studies at Western Illinois University (WIU). He is also the cellist for the WIU-based Julstrom String Quartet.

He has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the United States and his native Honduras. He has also played solo and chamber music recitals in the United States, Europe, Central and South America. Molina presented several clinics for the Texas Music Educators Association as a performer and a clinician. Recently he presented a lecture/recital on Alberto Ginastera for the College Music Society International Convention in Costa Rica and he presented a clinic for beginning string players at the 2005 International Music Education Association convention.

He has served as principal cellist for the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra and the Abilene Opera Orchestra, and as assistant principal for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. Molina performed in the Aspen Chamber Symphony as an Aspen Music Festival string fellowship recipient. He is a member of the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra.

Molina holds master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University and a bachelor's degree from Columbus State University. He has taught at Hardin-Simmons University and Abilene Christian University, conducted the Abilene Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Western Illinois University Preparatory Orchestra and been an artist/teacher for the Summer Fine Arts Camp at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

Andrea Molina is the pianist for the Peoria Symphony and the music director and opera coach for OPERA ON WHEELS and University Opera Theatre productions for Western Illinois University.

She has performed with the Peoria Ballet, Sugar Creek Symphony and Song, and Abilene Opera. She has been an official accompanist for the International Double Reed Society's convention, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Workshop and the Nashville Symphony Chorus. She was principal pianist for the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra.

She has directed opera productions for St. Martin's Chamber Players and opera education and outreach programs for Opera New England (a division of Boston Lyric Opera), Opera Illinois and the Muddy River Opera Company. She toured "Alice in Opera Land," an educational production, for the premiere season of WIU's new outreach initiative, OPERA ON WHEELS. She has also been music director and conductor for the 2004 and 2005 seasons of WIU Summer Music Theatre.

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

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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.