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March 21, 2007

Friends Honor Musical Friendship With Rescheduled Recital April 7

Violinist Tricia Park (left) and pianist Riko Higuma -- old friends reunited onstage -- will celebrate the friendship between composer Johannes Brahms and violinist Joseph Joachim in part of a recital program at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Clapp Recital Hall on the University of Iowa campus.

This UI faculty/guest recital is a rescheduled from a performance originally set for October 2006. It will be free and open to the public.

Park joined the UI faculty as first violinist of the Maia String Quartet in 2005. Since moving from New York to Iowa City, she has invited her friends to visit. She and Higuma have performed together professionally many times, including appearances at Trinity Church and the 92nd Street Y in New York City and the La Jolla, Calif., Summerfest.

As part of the April 7 program, Park and Higuma will play the Romance, op. 2, by Joachim, who was one of the great violinists of the 19th century, and the Sonata No. 3 in D minor by Brahms, who was his close friend. Other works on the program will be Beethoven's Sonata No. 9 in A Major, op. 47, known as the "Kreutzer Sonata," and music by Saint-Saens transcribed for violin by the Belgian violinist Eugene Ysaye, "Caprice After a Study in Form of a Waltz."

"I filled this program with music that I love," Park said. "I chose the Joachim and the Brahms in honor of the close friendship these two great musicians shared. The Joachim is a light and lyrical piece, a nice little warm-up for the both the performers and the audience before the Beethoven. Although relatively brief, the Brahms sonata is tautly constructed with huge emotional range.

"The Beethoven is a mammoth work and it is also one of the most important pieces for violin and piano. Certainly it is a groundbreaking work in the sonata repertoire. The length alone -- about 30 minutes -- requires incredible stamina, not to mention the technical and emotional demands on both performers. This is a work of tremendous scope and drama.

"The Saint-Saens is a piece I always wanted to play. Originally for solo piano, this transcription for violin by Ysaye is highly virtuosic and brings the program to a charming close."

Park has performed worldwide as both orchestral soloist and chamber musician. She received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and was selected as one of "Korea's World Leaders of Tomorrow" by the Korean Daily Central newspaper. For more, see: http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/STRGpark.htm

Born in Japan, Higuma started her piano studies at the age of five and gave her first solo recital at 11 in the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has received numerous awards, including the top prize of the Jacob Flier International Competition. She has given solo recitals and played in chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Italy, Russia and her native Japan.

Higuma has participated in music festivals around the world, including the Nagano-Aspen Music Festival; the Piano Summer at New Paltz, NY; the Merano Fest in Italy and the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest in California. She was one of the Young Artists for the 2002 Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Fort Worth, Tex., where she appeared with the Fort Worth Symphony under Edward Browne. Her 2003 performance at La Jolla Summerfest was broadcast live on NPR's "Performance Today." She is a staff vocal accompanist at the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

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 Park is available at www.uiowa.edu/~music/bios/highrespics/park.jpg