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Guest artists to perform all-Brahms recital

October 16, 2007
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Scott Conklin

CONTACT: Lisa Lacher, 515-271-3119, lisa.lacher@drake.edu

Scott Conklin and Uriel Tsachor, both music faculty members at the University of Iowa, will perform a program of works by Johannes Brahms for violin and piano at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Drake University. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will take place on the Jordan Stage in Sheslow Auditorium in Old Main, 2507 University Ave.

Sarah Plum, Drake's new professor of violin and viola, said she invited Conklin and Tsachor to give a guest recital at Drake so that members of the Drake and Des Moines communities would have the opportunity to hear the unique Brahms program.

"They will be performing the complete Brahms cycle with the composer's very own transcriptions of the two opus 120 sonatas for piano and violin over two nights in back-to-back recitals at the University of Iowa and during a residency at the University of Oklahoma this fall," Plum said. "But their very first performance will be at Drake, where they will play a one-evening-length selection. This will be their first time playing together as well as the first time either of them has played at Drake, and we are very excited to have them here."

Conklin, professor of violin at the University of Iowa School of Music, has performed as a violin soloist with numerous orchestras including the Louisville, Nashville and Berlin Symphony orchestras. He recently was named a "Rising Star" and a featured artist at the 2004 Music Teachers National Association Conference in Kansas City, Mo. Conklin regularly performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He earned Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music as a student of Paul Kantor. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music, where he studied with David Updegraff.


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Uriel Tsachor

An internationally active soloist and chamber musician, Tsachor heads
the piano area at the University of Iowa School of Music and is a
Steinway artist. He has appeared in recitals in New York, Chicago,
Tel-Aviv, Brussels, Vienna, Paris, London, Milan and other cities
around the world, winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for
his powerful poetic expressiveness and compelling sensitivity. Tsachor
is a graduate of the Tel-Aviv Rubin Academy and the Juilliard School
where he earned his doctorate. Tsachor's discography
(www.urieltsachor.com) encompasses 22 releases for the EMI, Musical
Heritage Society, PHONIC, DISCOVER, DIVOX and EMS labels and includes
the two piano concerti by Brahms, and solo works by Beethoven, Bartók,
Schumann, Mendelssohn and Dvorák.

For more information about the Drake recital, contact Plum at 515-271-3736 or sarah.plum@drake.edu.