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István Szabó Faculty Viola Recital Nov. 11

October 30, 2012

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MACOMB, IL - - István Szabó, associate professor at Western Illinois University, will perform a faculty viola recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in the College of Fine Arts and Communication (COFAC) Recital Hall.

Szabó's program includes "Chaconne," by Tomaso Antonio Vitali, "Sonata for Viola and Piano in D Minor," by Mikhail Glinka, "Romanze for Viola and Piano, Op. 85," by Max Bruch, "Dance of the Knights from ‘Romeo and Juliet,'" by Sergei Prokofiev and "Milonga in Re" and "Le Grand Tengo," by Ástor Piazzolla. Staff accompanist Narae Joo will provide accompaniment.

Szabó earned a double major in viola performance and pedagogy from the George Dima Academy of Music in Cluj, Romania. He went on to receive his master's and doctoral degrees in music from the University of Illinois. He is a member of Western's Julstrom String Quartet, the associate principal violist in the Quincy Symphony Orchestra and the assistant principal violist in the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. He has served as principal viola for the Prairie Ensemble and associate principal violist for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra where he also appeared as a soloist. Szabó has also been a clinician for the American String Teachers Association.

Joo has received many awards for her performances. She won the grand prix of the Moulin International Piano Competition, was a prizewinner in the 2007 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition and was named the winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition. In her native South Korea, she won the Ewon National Music Competition award, the Korea National Scholarship competition and the KumHo Art Foundation Young Artist Award. She received her bachelor's degree in music from the Seoul National University, her master's degree from the University of Michigan and is currently working on her doctorate at the Eastman School of Music.

The concert is open free to the public.

For more information, contact the COFAC Recital Hall at (309) 298-1843.

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