UWP musicians to perform clarinet trios

March 6, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Fine Arts Department will be hosting its second 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 Monday, March 10, in the UWP Center for the Arts. The concert will feature John Marco, a member of the UWP Fine Arts Department and UWP orchestra director Benjamin Shapira, along with his mother Shulamith Shapira of Israel.

Marco recently joined the UWP faculty in fall 2001. Marco is the founding member of the new professional ensemble-in-residence of the UWP Roundtree Ensemble and is currently the principal clarinetist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Prior to coming to Platteville, Marco maintained an active schedule as recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician in New York City.

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.

"The selection by Beethoven that will be played is one of Beethoven's early works from 1796. Most of the piece is centered around the piano because that was Beethoven's specialty," said Marco. The Brahms piece was written much later, in 1896. The Brahms piece was composed with the well-known German clarinetist Richard Muhlefeld in mind. Each instrument has its own equally important part, unlike the Beethoven selection.

"It should prove to be a first-rate performance," Marco said.

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

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