Park/Dunn recital will preview upcoming UI Symphony performance

Violinist Tricia Park and pianist/conductor Scott Dunn will present a free performance at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 16, in the University of Iowa Riverside Recital Hall.

The program of works by Stravinsky, Gershwin, and Vernon Duke will in part preview the duo’s March 28, 2012, performance of Duke’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra with the UI Symphony.

The works on the program are Stravinsky’s Divertimento from “The Fairy’s Kiss,” the Heifetz-arranged Selections from “Porgy and Bess,” and the violin/piano reduction of the 1941 Duke concerto. The March performance will mark the first time since 1944 that this major work will be heard in its symphonic form.

Duke, who is best known as the composer of standards including “April in Paris” and “Autumn in New York,” was also a composer of concert music including the concerto, which was written at the request of Jascha Heifetz.

Park was first violinist of the UI Maia String Quartet from 2005 to 2011. UI Distinguished Alumnus Dunn, associate conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, is a longtime promoter of Duke’s music.

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