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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University March 13, 2006 | Vol. 35 No. 25
 
Peabody's Ray Sprenkle to Lecture on 'The Glory of the Piano'

The Shriver Hall Concert Series celebrates its 40th anniversary next month with three days of nonstop, star-studded piano performances and related activities. To set the stage for the April 7 to April 9 Piano Celebration, the Peabody Institute's Ray Sprenkle — noted composer, historian and lecturer — will give a series of three talks celebrating "The Glory of the Piano," which, he says, "is not only the instrument itself but the literature that composers have created for the piano through the ages."

The first talk, on Tuesday, March 14, concentrates on the Viennese school and the sonata: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. The second, on Tuesday, March 21, concentrates on the Romantic "miniature": Schumann, Chopin, Liszt and Brahms. The last, on Monday, March 27, will focus on the piano of the last hundred years, from Debussy to the synthesizer.

All talks take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Steven Muller Building, Homewood campus. Reservations are suggested; call 410-516-7164. Free parking is available in the garage across the street. For more information on Piano Celebration, go to www.shriverconcerts.org, call 410-516-7164 or e-mail [email protected].

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