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Piano Duo Faculty Recital to be Held at Mount Union College

October 8, 2007

Maira Balacon, assistant professor of music and Janelle Penn-Phinney, lecturer of music at Mount Union College will present 'Appassionata,' a piano duo recital, on Monday, October 15 at 8 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall.

The program will include works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Witold Lutoslawski, Francis Poulenc and Leonard Bernstein.

Balacon earned a bachelor of music degree in piano from Bowling Green State University, and master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She has received numerous awards both in her native Romania and the United States and has twice been the recipient of the prestigious Presser Music Award.

An award-winning collaborative pianist, Phinney has performed extensively in the United States and abroad. She earned a bachelor of music degree from Bowling Green State University and a master of arts degree in religion from Yale University. At Mount Union she serves as an accompanist for choral ensembles and performs with vocal and instrumental soloists and ensembles.

The piano duo; Appassionata was formed in 1996 and has distinguished itself through stunning collaborative work and a high level of musicianship. The duo has been coached by the internationally renowned Pridonoff Duo and has maintained a regular performance schedule in venues in the Midwest.

Presser Recital Hall is located within Cope Music Hall, which is located on the corner of Union Avenue and Simpson Street, across from the Campus Lakes.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Mount Union College Department of Music at (330) 823-2180.

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