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Contact: Christine Payton Jan. 22, 2008
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
Susanna Garcia and William NyahoDuo-pianists William Chapman Nyaho and Susanna Garcia will begin a four-state tour in Lafayette on Feb. 4 with the world premiere of a work written for them by Nigerian composer Fred Onovwerosuoke. The concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be held in Ducrest-Gilfrey Auditorium at Angelle Hall on the UL Lafayette campus.

The program will feature other works by composers of the African Diaspora and Latin American composers. Compositions by composers from South Africa, Jamaica, Nigeria, Brazil, Argentina and the U.S. will be performed.

Other highlights include a work written by New Orleans jazz great, Alvin Batiste and works by Lafayette composer Jonathan Kulp. Joining them in a performance of George Walker’s “Five Fancies for Clarinet and Piano” will be guest artist, Eric Taylor.

This duo, known for its energetic and compelling performances of two-piano music, has performed all over the United States and in Canada, Europe and in Ghana, West Africa. Nyaho and Garcia have established a reputation for its their unique programming and tight ensemble playing. Their playing has been described as “so perfectly attuned and synchronized…that the listener imagined instead one performer – one head, one heart, but four hands.” The Duo has recorded the complete two-piano music of Aaron Copland on Centaur Records.

Garcia is the Girard Professor of Music at UL Lafayette. Chapman Nyaho, formerly a UL Lafayette faculty member, is a freelance concert pianist based in Seattle, Washington.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The concert is free to UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff. For more information, call 482-6016.


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