Beethoven's works for cello and piano presented Feb. 6 and 7

January 29 2007

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Martha Krasnican and Kurt Fowler, members of Indiana State University's music faculty, will perform Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano during two recitals on Feb. 6 & 7 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

The two programs will cover the compositions in chronological order. The first program will consist of the first two sonatas, written in 1796, as well as three sets of variations composed around the same time. The second program will consist of the final three sonatas, written between 1807 and 1815.

The sonatas are wonderful representations of the variety of Beethoven's compositional styles. Beethoven's career is often considered to have three stylistic periods - the early period shows the most influence of Mozart and Haydn, the middle period is often referred to as the 'heroic' period, and the late period conveys Beethoven's age, wisdom, and acceptance of his deafness. The five cello sonatas represent all three of these periods: the first two sonatas were written in the early period, the third sonata was written during the 'heroic' period, and the last two sonatas were written at the beginning of the late period.

Fowler, associate professor of music, has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Europe, as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician. He has performed with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Syracuse Symphony, has served as principal cellist of the Bear Valley Music Festival, the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently principal cellist of the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra.

An advocate of contemporary classical music, Fowler is the cellist for the Chicago 21st Century Music Ensemble and is particularly active in commissioning new works. In collaboration with saxophonist Paul Bro, he has been the recipient of three Indiana State University Arts Endowment Grants resulting in two new works for cello and alto saxophone -- "Bid Call" by Libby Larsen and "Walking on Water" by Dorothy Chang.

Krasnican is the director of the accompanying program at ISU and principal keyboardist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. She graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music. As a collaborative artist, she has worked with major performers across North America and Europe, including engagements with the Western Horn Symposium and several World Saxophone Congresses. Krasnican has performed as a soloist with the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, premiering two piano concertos written for her by her husband, Daniel Powers.

Both programs are both free and open to the public. For more information, contact the ISU Music Department at (812) 237-2772.

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Contact: Kurt Fowler, ISU Music Department, (812) 237-2743

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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Martha Krasnican and Kurt Fowler, members of Indiana State University's music faculty, will perform Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano during two recitals on Feb. 6 & 7 in the Recital Hall of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

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