Violin-Piano Duo to Grace the Lorne Watson Recital Hall Stage in pro series Recital

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March 16, 2012

BRANDON, MB — The 2011-2012 pro series, an annual presentation by the School of Music, continues with a recital featuring violinist Kerry DuWors and pianist Futaba Niekawa. Their programme will include duo works by Mozart, Fauré, Debussy, Enesco and Stockhausen.

Kerry DuWors first came to Brandon in 2003, when she won the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. Previously, she studied in Saskatoon, where she grew up, at the University of Victoria before obtaining a Master Degree in Performance from the University of Toronto. Today, she maintains a demanding concert career as soloist and chamber musician, and is an Assistant Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at Brandon University.

In the last year and a half, DuWors has been studying toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Performance & Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Along with collaborating with some of the classical music world’s most acclaimed musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma and Dame Evelyn Glennie, the violinist has been working with Futaba Niekawa, a fellow doctoral student at Eastman.

Originally from Japan, Niekawa is an active soloist and collaborative artist. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Thomas Schumacher, and a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory under Patricia Zander and Irma Vallecillo. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music, where she studies with Natalya Antonova and Maxim Mogilevsky. She has also served as a teaching assistant.

“We are very excited to be hosting the Duwors-Niekawa duo on our pro series,” said Dr. Michael Kim, the Dean of Music at Brandon University. “Both are outstanding artists in their own right, and their abilities in tandem should make for a memorable evening of music-making.”

The Kerry DuWors-Futaba Niekawa pro series recital will take place Tuesday, March 20, at 8 p.m., in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall.

The final pro series offering of the season will present two pianists — BU School of Music faculty member Megumi Masaki and Tim Steeves, a faculty member of Memorial University in St. John’s. This recital will take place Friday, March 30, at 8 p.m., in the Lorne Watson Recital Hall.

Tickets for pro series recitals are $15 for adults, $10 for students, seniors and alumni, and $8 for Conservatory students. Tickets can be purchased in advance in the main office of the School of Music or at the door. The pro series and the School of Music gratefully acknowledge the generous support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and of the Province of Manitoba, through a Consolidated Arts Programming Grant from Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

For more information, please contact:

The School of Music
Brandon University
(204) 727-9631
Joanne F. Villeneuve
Brandon University
270 – 18th Street
Brandon, MB R7A 6A9


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