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March 28, 2005

Birmingham-Southern College's Bentley Pollick and Hultgren to perform string duos April 6-7

BIRMINGHAM , Ala.— Birmingham-Southern College First Lady Karen Bentley Pollick and BSC Adjunct Professor of Music Craig Hultgren will perform string concerts April 6 and 7 in Birmingham.

On Wednesday, April 6, the two will perform at 6 p.m. at Saint Paul's AME Church in the Smithfield community. On Thursday, April 7, they will perform at 7 p.m. at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Hess-Abroms Recital Hall.

The Thursday night concert is a Music for Peace concert which is part of a worldwide weekend of musical awareness for redirecting time, energy, and money away from war and towards education, healthcare, the environment, and human rights.

Both concerts will have a peace theme and will include Duo for Violin and Cello by Erwin Schulhoff, a talented composer who perished in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, and Praise to the Eternity of Jesus, a movement from Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End ofTime which was composed and premiered in a German prisoner-of-war camp. Also on the program are several compositions inspired by the tango and ragtime including Tango Orientale by the Scandinavian composer Ole Saxe and Dance Card by the American Scott Eggert. The concerts will close with a medley of well-known American fiddle tunes and spirituals.

Bentley Pollick pursues a unique career as a violinist, violist, conductor and pianist. She has concertized as soloist through the capitals of Europe, Asia, the United States, Canada, and Russia. She has several recordings including Electric Diamond, Ariel View, and Dancing Suite to Suite. A champion of contemporary music, she plays the hardangerfele, a Norwegian stringed instrument, and is an accomplished improviser. Bentley Pollick is currently the violinist in Paul Dresher's Electro-Acoustic Band.

Cellist Hultgren is an activist for new music, a longtime member of the Alabama Symphony, and plays in the Chagall Trio and Luna Nova. He has been a member since 1993 of Thamyris, a contemporary chamber music ensemble in Atlanta. Every other year, he holds the Hultgren Solo Cello Works Biennial, an international competition highlighting the best new compositions for the cello.

Both concerts are free and open to the public.

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