Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Nyaho/Garcia Piano Duo Performs in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands May 18

The Nyaho/Garcia Piano Duo of Dr. William H. Chapman Nyaho (b. 1958) and Susanna Garcia will perform at Island Center for the Performing Arts, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, on Sunday, May 18, 2008. Dr. Chapman Nyaho was born in Washington. D.C. but was raised in his parents' native Ghana. Recent successes include the release of Volume 3 of his landmark anthology, Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora, published by Oxford University Press.

The website gives this background for the Duo: “The two pianists bring their own rich cultural backgrounds to their repertoire, exploring the fascinating music of composers of African or Hispanic heritage... music that in many cases is otherwise neglected, but which flowers in their hands. The duo similarly sheds welcome light on the works of women composers, American composers, and contemporary composers.

In November 1998, Nyaho and Garcia released their first compact disc recording of the complete transcriptions of Aaron Copland for two pianos for Centaur Records. Classical Magazine wrote then that the duo, 'form a perfect match in their style of playing, their tone, and in their genuine feeling for and understanding of the Copland pieces... This CD will be the standard against which any future performances of these dances will be measured'." [William H. Chapman Nyaho is profiled at]

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