Musicians to perform sonatas for cello and piano

March 19, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Fine Arts Department will be hosting its final concert of four in the series titled "From Bach to Brahms." This concert will highlight work from Beethoven, including complete sonatas for the cello and piano.

The performance, which is designed to help raise funds for scholarships for the string orchestra students at UWP, will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the UWP Center for the Arts. The concert will feature UWP orchestra director Benjamin Shapira, along with his mother Shulamith Shapira of Israel.

Benjamin Shapira, a native of Israel, has been recognized for his musical talent since he was very young. He has been highly praised by the press for his sold-out performance of The Complete Bach Suites for Cello Solo at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. He frequently performs at some of the most challenging venues throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Shulamith Shapira plays the piano for the concert series. Originally from Romania, she immigrated to Israel to study under Florica Musicescu at the State Conservatory of Music in Bucharest. She has been recorded numerous times for the Israeli National Radio and recently released her debut CD with her son Benjamin.

General public admission for the performance is $15 and admission is free to all UWP students.

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