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Pianist John Murphy to perform at Loyola University on Wednesday, October 25 @ 7:30 p.m.

Loyola press release - October 18, 2000

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents pianist Dr. John Murphy. The concert is set for Wednesday, October 25, 2000 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall on the second floor of the Communications Music Complex located at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

General admission is $10 and student admission is $5. Tickets and additional information are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492.

The concert will feature will feature works by Bach, Rachmaninoff, and William Bolcom. Bolcom's Three Dance Portraits will be surrounded by two sets of "Ragludes." Murphy describes "Ragludes" as, "his attempt to favorably compare and contrast two apparently disparate types of composition - Rags and Preludes of William Bolcom and Sergei Rachmaninoff, respectively. At first thought this might seem to be a pretty capricious act, but I think the pieces interact with one another in some surprisingly good ways; both composers handle the keyboard in wonderfully idiomatic ways and they both tend to a high degree of chromaticism and "tuneful" melody. Occasionally a pair may be united by a use of a common interval or ornamentation. The pairing was also a pragmatic, and I hope, imaginative way to program two composers who have been a staple of my recital programs for years."

Originally from North Dakota, John Murphy's early musical training included studies in voice, violin, trombone and piano. After high school graduation his professional education lasted ten years while he earned degrees at Southern Illinois University, the University of Washington and the University of Michigan, studying with pianists Ruth Slenczynska, Bela Siki, and Gyorgy Sandor. He has played in many of America's major halls, including Carnegie Recital Hall and the Kennedy Center and performances have been heard over every medium including film. In 1999, Albany Records released John Murphy's landmark two CD recording of William Bolcom's Complete Rags for Piano. That recording was the first of its kind and included seven works that had yet to be published. Murphy combines concert work with an acclaimed teaching studio at Loyola University in New Orleans where he is Professor of Piano. Several former students are now members of faculties at a number of important schools including the universities of Indiana and Michigan.

For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074 or via email at wick@loyno.edu.