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Prof. Uchida to perform popular works by Debusy and Liszt

October 12, 2007
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Rika Uchida

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Oct. 15, 2007

CONTACT: Rika Uchida, rika.uchida@drake.edu;

Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

UCHIDA TO PERFORM POPULAR MUSIC BY DEBUSSY AND LISZT

Rika Uchida, visiting assistant professor of piano and theory at Drake University, will perform a piano recital Monday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m., on the Jordan Stage in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

Uchida will play popular pieces by French impressionist composer Claude Debussy, including early preludes commonly known as "Clair de Lune" and "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair," as well as later works. Uchida will demonstrate how Debussy's harmonic languages changed from his early to later works. She also will perform "Rain Tree Sketch II" by a Debussy-inspired Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu.

The recital will conclude with contrasting pieces by Franz Liszt: "Consolation No. 3" and "Mephisto Waltz." Liszt's tender, soft and poetic side is reflected in "Consolation No. 3," while the "Mephisto Waltz," which Uchida describes as a "theatrical piece," reveals the composer's darker side.