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Sept. 22, 2006

Horn-Piano Duo Presents UI Guest Recital Oct. 4

Susan LaFever, a horn player whose professional experience ranges from playing with the New York Philharmonic and Metropolitan opera orchestras to Broadway shows including "The Lion King" and "Cats," will present a University of Iowa guest recital with pianist Ron Levy at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in Harper Hall of the Voxman Music Building.

Their performance will be free and open to the public.

During her visit to the UI, she will also present a master class at the invitation of Jeff Agrell, horn teacher on the School of Music faculty.

The program, which ranges from contemporary pieces back to music of the time of Beethoven, will be:

--The Sonata for French Horn by Bill Holcombe.

--"Piece en forme de Habanera" (Piece in the form of a habenera) by Maurice Ravel, arranged for horn and piano by Daniel Bourgue.

--"Espana" (Spain) by Vitaly Buyanovsky.

--"Nocturno," op. 7, by Franz Strauss.

--"Moon Lilies" by Lydia Busler-Blais.

--"Andante e Polacca" by Beethoven's student Carl Czerny

LaFever has been a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in concerts throughout the United States, Western Europe, Mexico and Japan. Called "bold and striking" with "a confident lyric quality" by the New York Times, she has partnered with some of the world's finest musicians.

LaFever performs extensively as a chamber musician and as a member of various ensembles and chamber groups. She has played in major metropolitan concert halls and on television and radio, including Weill (Carnegie) Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, Town Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City; Royal Albert Hall in London; and at the International Forum's Hall A in Tokyo, one of the largest in the world with a seating capacity over 5,000. Recently she appeared live on CBS with Edina Menzel, star of Broadway's "Wicked," and Il Divo, pop/classical male vocal group, as part of the musical extravaganza opening the Women's Finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament.

LaFever is principal horn of the Candlewood Chamber Orchestra in Connecticut and member of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. She has been a soloist with the Lincoln Civic Orchestra, the Rutgers University Orchestra, the South Orange (N.J.) Symphony Orchestra and the Bergen Youth Orchestra. She teaches at the Ridgewood and Amadeus conservatories and has given master classes at Western Illinois University, Kean University and the Fieldston School in the Bronx.

Levy is chair of the Music Department at Felician College in New Jersey. He has taught piano and been artist in residence at Green Mountain College in Vermont. A graduate of the Juilliard School in New York and the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory, he has worked with many singers at the Metropolitan Opera.

Passionately committed to chamber music, Levy is a founding member of the Hudson Trio, Kaleidoscope, the New World Trio and the Manchester (Vermont) Chamber Players. Since 1985, he has been associated with the historic Equinox Hotel in Manchester as well as the Southern Vermont Art Center and its resident Manchester Music Festival, of which he is a faculty and advisory board member. He is also a founding member of the Palisades Virtuosi, a flute, clarinet and piano trio that devotes itself to the presentation of new music.

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