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Quartet Presents New Maslanka Piano, Percussion Piece
Two pianists and two percussionists will perform “This is the World We Know,” a new five-movement work by David Maslanka, at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University on Sunday, Feb. 21. The 3 p.m. performance at the Bass Music Center is free and open to the public. “The overall feeling of ‘This Is the World’ is one of quiet awe at the nature of our world, both the planet on which we live, and the amazing web of life that it supports,” said Maslanka of his new piece. “Not only that but its place, and our place in the universal web of life, the jeweled ‘net of Indra.’” The work was commissioned by the award-winning CanAm Piano Duo, which will team for Sunday’s performance with David Steffens, director of percussion at OCU, and Lance Drege, director of percussion at University of Oklahoma. The first half of the program features “Piano Duo for the CanAm Piano Duo,” composed by Leo Hurley; “The Book of Mirrors,” for two pianos and percussion, by Gary Kulesha; and "Paganini Variations for Two Pianos," by Witold Lutoslawski, with percussion parts by Marta Ptaszynska. The new Maslanka work, given its world premiere at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts on Jan. 12, 2010, will be performed after intermission. The movements are entitled Nighthawks, Do You Know My Name?, Out of the Blue, The Closer You Get the Stranger the Stars Look, and Let It Be. The work was commissioned with funds from the LINKS Commissioning Project of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts. As members of the CanAm Piano Duo, Karen Beres and Christopher Hahn have performed together since 2002. Recent awards include a silver medal at the 2008 International Chamber Music Competition of the Chamber Music Foundation of New England and a distinguished rating at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize Competition, held in Ragusa, Sicily. For more information on Sunday's concert, contact Steffens at dsteffens@okcu.edu. For more music news and upcoming performances from the Bass School of Music, follow us on facebook: www.facebook/bassschoolofmusic or visit www.okcu.edu/music.