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April 28, 2005

Duo pianists to present recital at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Duo pianists Cynthia Lawing and Gloria Cook will present a duo recital at Birmingham-Southern College Saturday, May 7.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Hill Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Featured in the concert will be a premiere of BSC Music Professor Dr. Charles Norman Mason's virtuosic solo piano piece, Trenchantor, BSC Assistant Music Professor Dr. Dorothy Hindman's Steinway Preludes, arrangements by duo pianist Victor Babin, and Rachmaninoff's Russian Rhapsody.

Lawing and Cook are sisters who are natives of Hong Kong. As a duo piano team, they have won awards both in Hong Kong and in the U.S. They are Visiting Artists of The Associated Colleges of the South which is sponsoring the recital at BSC. The performance is a tribute to their teacher, Vitya Vronsky-Babin, wife of Babin and member of the Vronsky-Babin piano duo.

Lawing received her formal training at The Cleveland Institute of Music and is a respected concert soloist. She has specialized in focusing upon the repertoire of individual composers and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras, including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Charlotte Symphony, and The Hong Kong Philharmonic, performing concertos of Beethoven, Mozart, Ravel, Shostakovitch, Bach, and Gershwin. She is a studio teaching associate of piano at Davidson College. She also composes, arranges music, and participates in chamber music ensembles. Additionally, she has had five concert tours in the Far East, performing solo recitals and concerto performances in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.

Cook holds a doctor of musical arts degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music. She was a winner of the Cleveland Institute Concerto competition, the Springfield Symphony Concerto Competition, and the Ohio Federation of Music Club State Competition. As a soloist, she has performed with the Springfield Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony, and the Bach Festival Choir and Orchestra. She also performed as a chamber music player at the Tanglewood Music Festival and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. She is an assistant professor of piano at Rollins College.

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