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2008.04.30 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Keyboard Concerts May 11-13 at Strauss

Omaha - The 14th annual Robert M. Spire Celebration of Keyboard Arts will take place on Sunday, May 11, Monday, May 12, and Tuesday, May 13, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The performances consist of three concerts at 7:30 p.m. each night.

The May 11 program will feature prize-winning artist-pupils from the UNO graduate and undergraduate programs in piano. The performers will play works of Chopin, Brahms, Liszt, Saint-Saens, Debussy and Prokofiev. Many of those performing have been winners of state and regional competitions.

In the May 12 program, performers will play Concerti, with James Johnson, coordinator of keyboard studies and professor of music at UNO, playing the orchestra parts at a second piano. In this program the Grieg A Minor and Mendelssohn G Minor Concerti along with the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini will be heard in their entirety. Also on the program for that evening will be movements of concerti by Saint-Saens, Prokofiev and Muczynski. Several of those performing have appeared as soloists with the Omaha Symphony. The performers in May 12 program come from the UNO undergraduate program and from the private studio of James Johnson.

The May 13 program will feature performers from the private studio of James Johnson. They will play music by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Muczynski, Dohnanyi and Prokofiev. Many of these performers have been winners in state and regional competitions.

Tickets are $3 for senior citizens and UNO students, $5 for the general public. For more information call Johnson at (402) 554-3353 or Cindy McGann at (402) 554-3427.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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