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February 6, 2014

UCO piano faculty to show talent in ‘Shall We Dance? Music for Two Pianos’

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will present “Shall We Dance? Music for Two Pianos,” a performance by Central piano faculty members, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St.           

This concert is a part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series, a yearlong performance series that highlights the talents of Central music faculty members.  All performances take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Lab with proceeds supporting scholarships and the UCO School of Music           

Central’s piano faculty includes head of piano division David Forbat, professor of piano Chindarat Charoenwongse-Shaw,  piano instructor Jennifer Mansour, piano instructor Linda Owen, assistant professor of collaborative piano Sallie Pollack, instructor of piano and aural skills Natalie Syring, and piano technician Ben Davis.           

The piano faculty has joined forces for collaborative performances before, including a concert dedicated to Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and a concert showcasing Central’s advancements with digital pianos.           

For this collaboration, the piano faculty will perform duo pieces of dances, including “Scaramouche Suite” by Darius Milhaud and “Hoe Down” by Aaron Copland, among others.    

Central Artist-in-Residence Valery Kuleshov will also join the piano faculty for this concert.    

Kuleshov is an honored artist of the Russian Federation and a silver medal winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.           

“There are many advantages to all the piano faculty getting together for a performance, other than the fact that it is a lot of fun,” said Charoenwongse-Shaw.           

“It builds camaraderie amongst us as fellow colleagues. It keeps us learning and allows us to continue to understand our students and their preparation for their concerts.  It demonstrates to our students that we too have to rehearse, have to practice, have to study new music and have to forever polish our musicianship and techniques,” Charoenwongse-Shaw continued.           

Tickets for “Shall We Dance?” are $10 and can be purchased by calling the UCO School of Music at 405-974-5004.  Admission is free for Central students, faculty and staff with Central I.D.

For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit uco.edu/cfad/events.

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