Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017  •  7:30 p.m.
Green Center, 605 S. College Ave.

A rarely heard work by Béla Bartók, the virtuoso Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, is featured on this program exploring the piano as a percussive instrument. Why is this imaginative piece so seldom performed? Because of its difficulty. Two superb pianists and percussionists are required — who between them must play nine instruments. Taking up the challenge will be guest pianist Ann DuHamel from the University of Minnesota, and DePauw faculty artists May Phang, piano, and percussionists Ming-Hui Kuo and Craig Paré on timpani, gran cassa, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, tam-tam and xylophone.

Bartók ~ Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion
     Assai lento - Allegro troppo
     Lento, ma non troppo
     Allegro non troppo

About the Artists
During her time with the Ju Percussion Group, MING-HUI KUO performed in over 500 concerts and hundreds of music-related activities around the globe. Her international appearances include performances in Taiwan, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Macao, Spain, Hungary, Australia, Canada, and the United States. Kuo was a co-founder of the Butterfly Percussion Quartet with Pei-Ching Wu in 1999 and the XPlorium Chamber Ensemble with Nathan Nabb in 2011. Prior to her appointment to the music faculty at DePauw University, Kuo was adjunct Professor of Percussion at Morehead State University in Kentucky.

CRAIG PARÉ directs the University Band as well as teaches conducting, percussion and brass techniques, and music education. Under his direction, the band has produced 10 critically acclaimed compact discs through its CD Recording Project, issued commercially on the Mark Masters label. Paré’s teaching at DePauw has been recognized through receipt of the John Price Durban John Distinguished Professorship, the DePauw University/United Methodist Church Exemplary Teaching Award, and the Joan Westmen Battey Distinguished Teaching Award. He is principal timpanist with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra.

A prizewinner of several competitions, pianist MAY PHANG has performed with ensembles such as the Banff Chamber Players, Singapore Symphony, Montreal Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She frequently presents master classes and adjudicates nationally and internationally and has also been featured on radio and television in Canada, Singapore, and the U.S. Her debut solo CD, Travels Through Time, inspired by Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, was praised as being “enchanted” and “imaginative.” 

General admission: $10
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.

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