Cymerman set to perform today

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- Claude Cymerman, professor of piano in the DePauw University School of Music, will premiere two works at a recital today.

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 Cymerman's project during his 2009 sabbatical.

Two other School of Music faculty members will also participate in the recital: soprano Pamela Coburn 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 Conservatoire 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.

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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