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Contact: Christine Payton Nov. 20, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

UL Lafayette faculty members Michael Sean Blaney and Yuling Huang-Davie will present a Violin and Piano Duo Recital on Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in Angelle Hall Auditorium.

The program will include: Mozart, Sonata in E Minor; Beethoven, Sonata No. 5 "Spring" ; and Stravinsky, Suite Italienne. This recital is free and open to the public.

Blaney serves as director of Orchestral Activities, conductor of the UL Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, and instructor of violin at the university. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Peabody Conservatory and two Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan. His violin teachers include Paul Primus, Daniel Heifetz, Sylvia Rosenberg, and Paul Kantor. Mr. Blaney has studied conducting with Fredrick Prausnitz and Mariusz Smolij. His chamber music coaches include Earl Carlyss of the Juilliard String Quartet, Andrew Jennings of the Concord String Quartet, Stephen Shipps of the Amadeus Trio, Richard Young of the Vermeer String Quartet, and members of the Peabody Trio.

He has given solo violin recitals in Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Louisiana, Nebraska, West Virginia, and soloed with several orchestras including the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His summer activities include teaching at Blue Lake Fine Art's Camp in Michigan and performing at the Britt Music Festival in Oregon. He was a member of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra from 1993-96 and performed as Associate Concertmaster for the Acadiana Symphony from 1996-2005.

Blaney suffers from a rare neurological disorder called Focal Dystonia. The effects of this disorder include uncontrollable muscle contractions and tremors (in his bow hand). He first began feeling the effects the disorder in 2000 and had to stop playing in 2004 when the effects became severe enough that he could not hold his bow. Although he considers himself a long way from a complete recovery, he has managed to "retrain" himself well enough to return to the concert stage and present this performance.

Yuling Huang-Davie, a native of Xian, China, received her Master's degree in Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory (Winchester, Virginia), where she studied with the distinguished professor Elizabeth Temple. In 1998, Huang-Davie earned a Doctor of Music degree from the Florida State University School of Music. Her mentor there was the nationally recognized pianist, Dr. Carolyn Bridger.

Huang-Davie has won many awards for her musical achievements. She is a two-time recipient of both the Marion Park Lewis Foundation for the Arts Award and the Tallahassee Music Guild Scholarship Award. In addition, she was granted a scholarship from the acclaimed Florida State Opera to serve as assistant music coach. She has collaborated with several, renowned conductors including Michael Singher of the Discovery Opera, Mark Gibson and Steven Mosteller of the New York City Opera, and Douglas Fisher of the Florida State Opera company.

She has performed extensively as a recitalist. She is a founding member of Northern Florida Trio, which represented FSU at the 1997 Tampa Bay Chamber Music Concert Series. She gave a solo performance for the former president of Bolivia during his visit to the United States. Dr. Huang-Davie's chamber music performance was also heard on National Public Radio in Florida. Recent concert and master class engagements have taken her to universities campuses nationwide, including West Virginia, Tulane, Nebraska at Kearney, Shenandoah Conservatory, University of Memphis, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

Huang-Davie joined the School of Music faculty at UL Lafayette in 1999.-30-

Document last revised Wednesday, November 21, 2007 10:30 AM

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