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Piano Institute at Illinois offers master instruction and public concerts


Duo pianists Contiguglia
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Duo-pianists Richard and John Contiguglia will be among the performers at the second annual Summer Piano Institute from June 17 to 21.

Melissa Mitchell, Arts Editor
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The second annual Summer Piano Institute will take place at the University of Illinois June 17-21.

“From somewhat modest beginnings last year, the institute has attracted more applicants than can be accommodated,” said Edward Rath, associate director of the U. of I. School of Music. “The word is out that this is indeed a good opportunity to study with great teachers and hear great performances, as well as meet fellow keyboard players from a variety of home and university territories.”

Originally conceived by U. of I. Swanlund Professor of Piano Ian Hobson, the institute is expected to attract about 30 pianists from throughout the United States and abroad. Participants will gather for daily piano lessons, master classes and recitals.

Student participants will present recitals, free and open to the public, at 5 p.m. June 19-21 in the Memorial Room of Smith Hall, 805 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

Institute faculty and guest artists will perform public concerts nightly at 7:30 in the Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana.

Again this year, the Adams Foundation is sponsoring appearances by
New York-based duo-pianists Richard and John Contiguglia; James Tocco, professor of piano and chamber music, University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; and Hobson. Rounding out the roster of performers/teachers/clinicians at this year’s institute will be School of Music faculty members Timothy Ehlen and William Heiles.

Tickets may be purchased for individual concerts; reduced-price series tickets also are available. Ticket and program information is available online at Krannert Center’s Web site,