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561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

Duo Turgeon and FAU’s Symphony Orchestra Present Public Concerts

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 4, 2007) – The department of music in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is proud to present two public concerts on the occasion of the 2007 Florida State Music Teachers Association Conference.   The first concert, on Friday, October 19 at 8 p.m., will feature FAU’s Symphony Orchestra and members of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra along with winners from the FSMTA state concerto competition.   The second, on Saturday, October 20 at 8:15 p.m., will feature the Duo Turgeon.   Both concerts will take place in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   General admission is $15 at the door for each concert, and FAU students, faculty, staff and alumni may obtain free admission with ID.   Tickets may be purchased by calling 800-564-9539, by visiting www.fauevents.com or at the door two hours prior to the concert.

            Friday night’s concert will include Overture to Fidelio, op. 72 by Ludwig van Beethoven;  Concerto for Viola and Orchestra by Béla Bartók; Mala Suita by Witold Lutos?owski; Kikimora, Legende for Orchestra, op. 63, by Anatol Liadov; and Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, op. 15, by Johannes Brahms.   The concert will include concerto competition winners Alan Clark, piano, who will be featured in Brahms’ “ Piano Concerto No. 1” and David Derrico, viola, who will be featured in Bartok’s “ Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.”   Clark, a pianist, is in his junior year in the IB Program at Eastside High School in Gainesville.   He began taking piano lessons at the age of four and is a student of Hee Jung Kang.   Derrico recently graduated from Buccholz High School in Gainesville.   He has studied violin and viola with Sonnhild Kitts for the past 14 years and is now a Freshman at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

On Saturday night, the internationally acclaimed Canadian/American two-piano team Duo Turgeon, first place winners of the Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, will present a program of two piano and four-hand music.   They will perform works for two pianos by Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, William Bolcom, Francisco Mignone and Ernesto Nazareth.   This will include  the “ Bach Concerto in C for Two Pianos” and the rarely heard Brahms’ “ Sonata for Two Pianos, Op. 34B,” the original version of the Brahms Piano Quintet.

             For further information on this or other events in FAU’s School of the Arts, call 561-297-2977 or visit www.fau.edu/music.  

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