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Jan. 17, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Pianist Lois Svard will give a faculty recital Saturday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The recital, which is free to the public, contains traditional piano works played on the keyboard as well as music that is played inside the piano on the strings and frame.

The works played inside the piano range from Henry Cowell's Aeolian Harp and The Banshee, both written in the 1920s and the first works to utilize the inside of the instrument, to Annea Lockwood's Ear-Walking Woman, written for Svard in 1995.

"All of these works will be projected onto a screen onstage from cameras mounted in the piano so that the audience can see how the inside of the piano is being used in order to create the resulting music," said Svard.

Svard also will perform (on the keyboard) two works by Bucknell composer Jackson Hill: Skolion, written in 1991 for Svard and his Tango No Tango, a wonderful piece using a traditional tango rhythm with Japanese harmonies.

The program will conclude with Sergei Rachmaninoff's dramatic, monumental Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, written originally in 1913, but revised by Rachmaninoff in 1931.

Svard has received critical acclaim for her performances of contemporary piano music. Her affinity for American experimental music has led her to commission, premiere, and record works by many experimental composers, including Robert Ashley, "Blue" Gene Tyranny, Annea Lockwood, and Bucknell composer William Duckworth.

During 2002-03, she was named Joan C. Edwards Visiting Distinguished Professor of the Arts at Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. Also in 2003, she received a Fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in the category "Arts Commentary - Perspectives on the Arts."

The recipient of a doctorate in piano performance from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Svard is professor of music at Bucknell, where she teaches piano and also has designed and taught interdisciplinary courses on the creative process and on cities and the culture of creativity. Her performances can be heard on Lovely Music, Ltd. and Composers Recordings, Inc.


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