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Oct. 25, 2006

Huckleberry Will Play Pieces Of Personal Significance Nov. 10

Alan Huckleberry, pianist and faculty member at the University of Iowa School of Music, will play pieces of particular personal significance on a faculty recital at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performance will be free and open to the public.

"I decided to program pieces that all have personal meaning for me," Huckleberry said. "In the first half I explore various aspects of contemporary music, which is very close to my heart."

This portion of the program includes "Hommage to William Albright" by David Gompper, the director of the UI Center for New Music, and "Sleepwalker's Shuffle" by Albright, who was Gompper's teacher at the University of Michigan.

Like Gompper, Huckleberry studied at Michigan. "The faculty there was incredibly influential in our development," he said. "For David, it was a very natural thing to write a piece in Albright's memory. I only had a very small overlap with Albright, who passed away only months after I arrived, but I was soon introduced to his rags, which are some the finest examples of the genre. David's composition takes some ragtime ideas, and further develops them and pushes the idioms to a new level."

The third and final piece on the first half of the program will be "Time Sequence" by Toshii Ichiyanagi. "This is a completely different form of contemporary literature, as it is pure minimalism," Huckleberry said. "Ichiyanagi's 'Time Sequence' will always be dear to me, as it was the very first piece of contemporary music I played. It drew me into the world of contemporary music, which has now become one of my passions."

A single piece makes up the second half of the program, Modest Musorgsky's original piano version of "Pictures at an Exhibition," composed in 1874. "Pictures at an Exhibition" was never performed publicly during the composer's lifetime. It became known in the 20th century principally in its orchestral arrangements, in which guise it has become one of the most popular pieces in the repertoire.

The piano version is still rarely performed, because of the considerable expressive and technical challenges it presents. "Since I was a teenager it has been a dream of mine to perform this great example of Russian Romanticism!" Huckleberry said.

An active solo pianist and chamber musician, Huckleberry joined the UI faculty in 2003. 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. For more information, see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/PIANOhuckleberry.htm

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.

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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; cell: 319-541-2846; peter-alexander@uiowa.edu.

A PHOTO of Alan Huckleberry is available at www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/highrespics/huckleberry.jpg