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University Chamber Music Series presents concert of piano duets April 4 and 5


BLACKSBURG, Va., March 31, 2009 – The Virginia Tech Department of Music's University Chamber Music series presents "Grand Piano Opus 12," a concert of piano duets and pieces for two pianos featuring the Hallauer-Ehrlich Piano Duo. The performances will be on Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 5 at 3 p.m. in the Squires Recital Salon.

Pianists Mary Louise Hallauer and Teresa Ehrlich perform their twelfth duo concert together on the University Chamber Music series. Rachmaninoff’s magnificent Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for Two Pianos, Schubert’s Grand Sonata in B-flat Major and Debussy’s exotic “Six Epigraphes Antiques” will be featured.

A native of California, pianist Mary Louise Hallauer has served on the faculties of Hollins University, Radford University, and Virginia Tech, where she performs frequently and teaches piano, piano pedagogy and chamber music. She holds degrees from Stanford University where she studied with Adolph Baller, and the University of Washington, where she studied with Randolph Hokanson. She has been honored with the Bank of America Fine Arts Award, and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

Hallauer has performed as a solo recitalist and chamber musician to critical acclaim in concert halls and music festivals all over the United States, including the Vermont Mozart Festival, the National Festival of the American Liszt Society, the Fontana Summer Music Festival in Michigan, and Music at Gretna in Pennsylvania. In addition, Hallauer has given invited performances and lectures at international music festivals in Austria, Portugal, Norway, Italy, and France.

Most recently, she gave five performances in Paris as part of the “Festival Estival” and the French Piano Institute, and was honored with an award from the Institute and the Scola Cantorum for her outstanding performances of works by Ravel and Chopin. Her performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio stations throughout the USA and on WFMT in Chicago, as well as on television stations on both the east and west coasts.

Teresa Ehrlich began her musical training at the age of four. She received her Master of Music degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University as a student of Donald Walker. She has received critical acclaim throughout the United States, Israel, South America, and the Czech Republic where she has performed as recitalist, soloist with orchestras, and chamber musician. She has performed as a guest artist with the Audubon, Vermeer, Cassatt, and Vanbrugh quartets and is also a member of the chamber group Avanti Ensemble, which performs throughout Virginia.

Ehrlich has been a participant in the Banff Festival in Canada, Yale Chamber Music Festival, Music at Gretna Festival, New Hampshire Music Festival, Chautauqua Festival in New York, and the Sanibel Island Festival. She has performed during numerous live broadcasts on radio station WFMT in Chicago and is also frequently heard on National Public Radio.

During summers, Ehrlich is a faculty member and performer in Ameropa, an international music festival in Prague, as well as a performer in the Red Rocks Music Festival in Arizona. She is a co-founder, executive director and faculty member of the Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia, a non-profit community music school providing music education to hundreds of students throughout the New River Valley.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and are available in advance through the University Unions and Student Activities Box Office in the Squires Student Center, at (540) 231-5615 or online and at the door one hour prior to performance time.

The Squires Recital Salon is located in the Squires Student Center adjacent to downtown Blacksburg on College Avenue. Convenient free parking is located nearby in the Squires and Shultz Dining Hall parking lots.