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Jan. 23, 2009

Tsachor performance launches spring 'Piano Sundays' series at the UI

Uriel Tsachor, head of the piano area in the University of Iowa School of Music, will share a concert program with three of his students at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest. The free concert will kick off the spring semester of Old Capitol Museum's "Piano Sundays" series.

Other scheduled "Piano Sundays" programs will be: March 1, featuring UI piano graduate students; and April 5, featuring music faculty member Réne Lecuona and her students. All performances begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber and are free and open to the public.

Pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn and Liszt fill the program of the Feb. 1 concert. Playing on the Old Capitol's 1878 Steinway grand piano, graduate students Yu-Han Kuan, Hyejeong Seong and Seong-Sil Kim will perform movements from Beethoven's Sonata No. 7 in D major, Brahms' Sonata No. 2 in F-sharp minor, and Haydn's Variations in F minor, respectively.

Tsachor will close the concert with Beethoven's Sonata No. 27 in E minor, and the "Ballade No. 2," "Nuages gris," "En rêve," "Valse Oubliée No. 2" and the "Transcendental Etude" No. 10 by Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso Franz Liszt. In both period and style, the set spans a range of Liszt's life work, from the heavily technical "Transcendental Etude" to some of the composer's later, more introspective pieces.

The set of Liszt pieces anticipates the upcoming Liszt Festival, to be held Feb. 6 and 7 at the School of Music. The event, organized by Ksenia Nosikova of the School of Music piano faculty, will lectures by Alan Walker, a distinguished international Liszt scholar, as well as performances of the composer's piano, vocal, chamber and orchestral music by UI faculty and students.

Tsachor said that the Old Capitol's "Piano Sundays" series is especially valuable to the piano area this year, because performance spaces are very limited since last summer's flood. "Before, we had Hancher and Clapp," he said. "This year, we do not have very many venues for performances."

Tsachor also said the Old Capitol provides a unique, less formal atmosphere, allowing the performers to connect with the audience and talk about the pieces as they cannot in other venues.

Tsachor joined the faculty of the UI School of Music in the fall of 1988. A Steinway artist, he was a winner of the Bosendorfer Empire International Competition in 1986 and the Busoni Competition in 1985, and a laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in 1983. Munich's Sueddeutsche Zeitung described him as "A musician who pursues piano playing as a vehicle for musical poetry." For more information visit

This marks the third year that the UI School of Music, the Old Capitol Museum and West Music have collaborated to bring the Iowa City-area community the "Piano Sundays" series of recitals.

West Music in Coralville restored Old Capitol's 1878 Steinway, which features burled-rosewood carved legs and satin finish. Restorations included a new soundboard, pin block, tuning pins, strings, dampers, hammers, action parts and the replacement of some of the pedal lyre. The piano was acquired in January 2007 with assistance from West Music Company. In addition to this gift-in-kind donation, Stephen L. West, president of West Music Company, has once again provided the funding for the 2008-09 "Piano Sundays" concert series.

As a place for community and university gatherings, the addition of the "Piano Sundays" concert series has served in fulfilling Old Capitol Museum's mission of offering quality programming in the arts and humanities. For more information on the Old Capitol Museum visit

The UI School of Music piano faculty is composed of four full-time professors who maintain critically acclaimed performing, recording and teaching careers in the United States and abroad. The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Visit the UI School of Music Web site at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Maggie Anderson, Museum of Art, 319-335-1731,; Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),