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Dean Recital Feb. 20

February 6, 2012

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MACOMB, IL – Marietta Dean, Western Illinois University professor emeritus of music, will perform a recital with Anna Wagner, a guest pianist from the University of Vienna, at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Carroll St., in Macomb.

The performance is in conjunction with the Learning is Forever (L.I.F.E.) course, "Fleeing Hitler: Music by Exiled Composers in America."

The program will feature piano works and songs by composers who were exiled during Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Featured composers included Paul Hindemith, Ernst Krenek, Kurt Weill, Ruth Schonthal, Ursula Mamlok, Eric Korngold and Hans Eisler.

A mezzo-soprano, Dean has studied in France; at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria; the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy; as well as with Paolo Silveri of Rome. She has performed at Carnegie Recital Hall; at festivals in the Midwest and on the east and west coasts; in Alaska, Central America, Australia and Europe as a solo artist; as well as with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Orchestra and more. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory; and she is well known for her research and performance of music by women composers. Dean retired from Western Illinois University in 2009.

Wagner, who began formal piano studies at the age of six, performs chamber music regularly with members of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with many professional singers and has recorded with baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, who performs with leading European and American opera companies and orchestras. Wagner has performed and taught in Austria, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Japan.

The event, which is open free to the public, is sponsored by Western Illinois University Non-Credit Programs.

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