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March 9, 2006

Mozart Competition Winner Will Play Mozart, Haydn And Beethoven March 26

Theresa Bogard, the 1989 top-prize winner in the International Mozart Fortepiano Competition in Bruges, Belgium, will play music by the three leading composers of the Classic period -- Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven -- on the fortepiano at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, in Harper Hall of the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building.

Bogard's performance is sponsored jointly by the UI School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society.

An 18th- and early 19th-century predecessor of the modern concert grand, the fortepiano generally has a lighter and brighter sound than the modern piano. In music of the Classic period, it is considered the historically appropriate instrument, because its sound is much closer to what the composer would have heard.

On March 26, Bogard will play Mozart's Nine Variations on the Ariette "Lison dormait" by Nicolas Dezed, Haydn's Sonata in E-flat major, Hob. XVI/52 and Beethoven's Sonata in C Major, op 53, known as the "Waldstein" Sonata. She will perform on a fortepiano built by Paul Poletti, a maker and restorer of historical keyboard instruments in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

A member of the faculty of the University of Wyoming School of Music, Bogard is an active performer combining varied interests in historical performance practice, contemporary music, chamber music and the music of women composers.

She studied piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia, the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Eastman School of Music. In 1988, she received a Fulbright grant to study fortepiano with Stanley Hoogland at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in The Netherlands, and was the top-prize winner in the International Mozart Fortepiano Competition the following year.

She has presented programs of solo and chamber music by women composers in the United States, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, China and Mexico, and is also featured on a compact disc recording of piano works by Louise Talma released by CRI records in 1999. In June 2000, she was one of 10 international judges for the First Governor's International Piano Competition in Saratov, Russia, and she has adjudicated numerous regional and national competitions in the United States. 

Since 1996, Bogard has added traditional Balinese gamelan music to her special interests and has studied gender wayang in Bali, Indonesia.

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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