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Feb. 17, 2006

Faculty Recital Honors Composer's Anniversaries And School Ties Feb. 28

University of Iowa School of Music faculty members Scott Conklin, violin, and Alan Huckleberry, piano, will take note of some major musical anniversaries -- and give a nod to their alma mater -- on a free faculty recital at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

Conklin and Huckleberry, who were students together at the University of Michigan, will play two works from the standard violin-piano repertoire, the Sonata in Bb Major, K454, by W.A. Mozart, and the Sonata in A minor, op. 105, by Robert Schumann.

"The Sonata in B-flat Major by Mozart is one of my very favorite sonatas and the work was chosen in celebration of Mozart's 250th birthday," Conklin said. "Similarly, the Schumann Sonata in A minor was included because it is the 150th anniversary of the composer's death.

"Since a classical and romantic sonata make up the first half, I thought it would be fun to conclude the program with an accessible contemporary piece."

For that, Conklin and Huckleberry turned to the Sonata for violin and piano by another Michigan alum. "Kevin Beavers went to school with us at Michigan," Conklin said. "This connection is one the three of us will always share, and it is amazing how music brings us back together again.

"Kevin's Sonata for violin and piano has traces of blues, jazz and popular music influence. Until it is completely distorted, the second movement bears a striking resemblance to the Grammy Award-winning rock band U2's 'All I Want Is You' from the 'Rattle and Hum' album.

Beavers recently served on the composition faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. He currently lives in Germany, and his music has been performed by the Philadelphia and St. Louis Symphony Orchestras.

Conklin has performed as a violin soloist with numerous orchestras including the Louisville, Nashville and Berlin Symphony Orchestras. He is a first place winner of the Music Teachers National Association Competition, and he regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He was a featured artist at the 2004 MTNA National Conference, and he frequently appears in concert with his duo partner, pianist Robert Auler. Conklin is assistant professor of violin at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Conklin holds the honorary distinction of being a "Kentucky Colonel," a title given to him by Gov. Wallace Wilkinson of Kentucky. During the summer months he serves on faculty at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, Wis., the Michigan All-State Division at the Interlochen Arts Camp, the University of Texas at Arlington Summer Strings Camp, Sound Encounters Music Festival and the Ottawa Suzuki Institute Mid-Southwest. In addition to master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan, he holds a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Huckleberry is an active solo pianist and chamber musician. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France and the United States. He is also a prizewinner of numerous national and international piano competitions, including the first prizes in the German National Competition and the University of Michigan concerto competition.

As a chamber musician Huckleberry is the featured pianist at flutist Amy Porter's annual summer workshop at the University of Michigan. For the past three summers he has been the faculty chamber music coordinator and faculty pianist for the University of Michigan's All-State program at Interlochen. Prior to his appointment this fall at the UI, Huckleberry taught at the Cologne Conservatory in Germany, the University of Michigan, and at Albion College in Michigan.

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.