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4/12/2006 Timmons, visiting violist to be featured in concert

For immediate release ? April 11, 2006

Contact: Laura Davis/Amanda Dale, 503-883-2551

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Timmons, visiting violist to be featured in concert

McMINNVILLE ? Jill Timmons, acclaimed pianist and Linfield College professor of music, will present a concert with visiting violist Laura Klugherz on Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in Melrose Auditorium at Linfield.

The concert, which features works by Franz Schubert, Aaron Copland and Johannes Brahms, will provide an opportunity for local residents to hear a world-renowned musical duo, Timmons and Klugherz, who have performed together for more than 20 years. "I've had some of my best times as a musician with Laura and taken part in some of the most inspiring events," said Timmons. "I've played a number of concerts with her I'll never forget." Timmons said the program was selected to showcase the viola, an instrument that is often overshadowed by the more popular violin. In addition, she said many of the pieces on the program will be performed in France this June. "We wanted to join the French and American cultures through music," said Timmons. Timmons and Klugherz have performed at such venues as the Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna, the American Embassy in Hamburg and Merkin Hall in New York City, as well as represented the United States at the 1993 Cyclo de las Naciones, an international music festival held in Santiago, Chile. Their interest in American composers has led to the creation of several commercial recordings, such as "The Violin/Viola-Piano Music of Amy Beach" and "Chamber Music of Dexter Morrill." Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo and ensemble artist. Her recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery of Art received public acclaim and her Chicago debut on the Dame Myra Hess Series was broadcast live on WFMT to 400 cable stations worldwide. Internationally, Timmons has toured throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile. In the U.S., Timmons has performed under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts and she has been heard on National Public Radio. In addition to her numerous NEA awards, Timmons has also won, with co-author Sylvain Frémaux, the Wilk Prize from the University of Southern California for groundbreaking research on the Polish composer Alexandre Tansman. Timmons holds degrees from the University of Washington and Boston University.

Krugherz is a professor of music and Latin American studies at Colgate University in New York. She has performed throughout Latin America, Spain, Africa, Austria and Germany, and has been heard on National Public Radio. She currently works as the director of retiro musical curanilahue in Chile and the Chenango Summer MusicFest in New York. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and the Bayerische Hochscule fuer Musik, and has received three Fulbright Awards.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.