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Milbauer, Melville, Music for Two Pianos

April 17, 2018

Former students of the School of Music at The Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York, accomplished pianists John Milbauer and Nikki Melville will reunite to perform a recital of piano duos at Carleton this Sunday, April 22.

John Milbauer is certainly no stranger to touring and travel: John's 2017 highlights include Ravel's Concerto in G with the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart in Boston's Symphony Hall, Poulenc's Aubade with San Diego Winds, recitals with Stephanie Houtzeel of the Vienna State Opera, and residencies with the Conservatorios Nacionales Superiores of Sevilla and JaĆ©n in Spain. Current projects include a recording of the music of Manuel Ponce and performances of Milbauer's "Which Side Are You On?" program based on themes of protest, immigration, and workers' rights. American Record Guide wrote, "Milbauer employs a full expressive range, performs with astounding delicacy, and conveys unspeakable wonder through an intimate touch and astonishing versatility."  Milbauer studied music, classics, and government at Harvard College before earning degrees from the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and, as recipient of a Fulbright grant, the Liszt Academy in Budapest.

Carleton professor Nikki Melville, chair of the Department of Music, received the B.M. from the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and the M.M., D.M.A., and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Melville has commissioned and premiered many works by composers in the United States and her native New Zealand. She has recorded the complete piano rags of William Albright for the Equilibrium label; her most recent CD, released on Innova Recordings, features thirteen new commissions by award-winning composers from around the US. As well as being an advocate for new music, her ongoing interests include interdisciplinary performances that combine music with other Arts in live performance.

Be sure to catch John and Nikki on Sunday, April 22 at 3pm in the Weitz Center's Kracum Performance Hall.  This event is free, unticketed and open to the public.