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Husband-and-wife duo to kick off piano series Oct. 8-9

The annual Dorothy MacKenzie Price Piano Series will return to The University of Toledo this weekend with the duo Dr. Matthew Gianforte and Dr. Meeyoun Park.

The pair will present a master class Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon and a recital Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. Both free, public events will be held in the Center for Performing Arts Recital Hall.

Dr. Matthew Gianforte and Dr. Meeyoun Park

Dr. Matthew Gianforte and Dr. Meeyoun Park

The prize-winning, husband-and-wife piano duo began playing together as graduate students at Indiana University, and has since performed across the country at various festivals and artist series, including the Indiana University Ballet Theater, the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, and several American Liszt Society Festivals.

The program will include several pieces for two pianos and four hands, including Mozart’s Sonata in D Major, Anton Arensky’s Suite No. 2, and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-sharp Minor.

Recognized for his sensitivity and panache, pianist Gianforte is active as a soloist, collaborator and teacher, having performed across the United States and abroad. He serves as coordinator of the Keyboard Division at Murray State University in Kentucky.

A native of Seoul, Korea, Park has performed throughout the United States and abroad as both a soloist and collaborator. She is an assistant professor of piano at Murray State University.

For more information on the free, public events, go to the UT Department of Music’s website at utoledo.edu/comm-arts/music.

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