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Wednesday Piano Recital by Prof. Claude Cymerman to Feature Two World Premieres

August 27, 2010

claude cymerman.jpgAugust 27, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Claude Cymerman, professor of piano in the DePauw University School of Music, will premiere two works at a recital on Wednesday, September 1.  The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall, Green Center for the Performing Arts, and is free and open to the public.

The program will include the first-ever public performances of Professor Cymerman's piano solo transcriptions of a song cycle by Richard Strauss and the same composer's Violin Sonata. The latter work was Cymernan's project during his 2009 sabbatical.

Two other School of Music faculty members will also participate in the recital: soprano Pamela Coburn '74 and violinist Dan Rizner. They will join their colleague  for Strauss' The Four Last Songs, on which Cymerman also revised the piano accompaniment.

A native of France, Cymerman graduated from the steinway d piano 2.jpgConservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris with highest honors, winning several national and international competitions, including the grand prize at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud contest. The late French President Georges Pompidou, in a special ceremony, recognized him as “Outstanding Pianist.” Cymerman performs extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician, and made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1985 with violinist Sherban Lupu (followed by a CD recording of works by Georges Enesco on the Continuum label), and has since played four additional concerts there. A member of the DePauw faculty since 1974, Cymerman was named the John C. and Lillian W. Siegesmund Professor of Music in 1996 in recognition of his outstanding teaching and artistic accomplishments.

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