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Music

The Contiguglia Piano Duo

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March 22, 2004 :: No. 189

Who: Cal State Fullerton Department of Music Pianists World Series presents
   
What: The Contiguglia Piano Duo in Recital and Master Class
   
When: Master Class: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2004
Recital: 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2004
   
Where: Recital Hall, California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd. (Nutwood and State College Blvd.) Fullerton
   
Recital Program: Allegro (Lebensstürme), D 947 .......................... Schubert
Fantasy on George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess ..... Percy Grainger
Third and fourth mvmts from Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 (Choral), Op. 125 transc. ........... Franz Liszt
   
Background:

Identical twins Richard and John Contiguglia have collaborated as a piano duo since they were five years old. Throughout their career critics have responded in superlatives to their unique musical partnership. Following the release of their historic recording of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, transcribed for two pianos by Franz Liszt, now a collector's item, critic Edward Tatnall Canby called the Contiguglias "the most profoundly musical pair of piano virtuosi of this century." An important part of the Contiguglias' career has involved discovering, performing and recording unusual and forgotten works from the duo-piano repertoire. With the Cleveland Orchestra they revived Victor Babin's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra to rave acclaim from the Cleveland press. They gave the New York premiere with the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall of Max Bruch's Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, and presented modern-day premieres and released first-recorded performances of many works of Bartók and Liszt.

"Foremost among today's duo-pianists." —Byron Belt, Newhouse News Service

“The featured soloists, Richard and John Contiguglia, made an indelible impression with their duo-piano artistry” —Denver Post

   
Admission: Master Class: Advance sales $10 ($5 with advance Titan discount) At the door all tickets $10. Recital: Advance sales $20 ($12 with advance Titan discount & $9 with advance CSUF student discount) At the door all tickets $20.
   
Box Office: Tickets available at the Performing Arts Center box office 657-278-3371. Hours: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday-Friday and one hour prior to performance.
Or online at: www.tickets.com
   
Website: http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/events/
The Contiguglias’ site: http://duopianistscontiguglia.com/
   
Media Contact: Elizabeth Champion, College of the Arts at 657-278-2434
The brothers are available for telephone interview. Please contact Ms. Champion at 657-278-2434


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