Piano Concert May 7 At Willamette University

"Piano Extravaganza," The Cohen-Timmons Piano Duo with pianists Diane Baxter and Anita King, "performing works for two pianos for four and eight hands," will close this year's Grace Goudy Distinguished Artist Series at Willamette University May 7 at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall.

Judith Cohen and Jill Timmons have performed as a piano duo since 1999. They have appeared extensively throughout the Northwest, often providing master classes and residencies for solo and ensemble pianists.

Cohen is well known to Northwest audiences. Winner of numerous competitions, she made her Community Concerts debut in 1985 with recitals in Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Her international debut in Mexico City was under the sponsorship of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. Her performances throughout the U.S. since 1988 have included numerous solo recitals, concertos, and chamber music engagements.

Cohen received critical acclaim for her performances on the Dame Myra Hess Series in both Los Angeles and Chicago. In the spring of 2002, she made her European debut in Budapest, Hungary. Since 1989, Cohen has served as artistic director of the Governor's Chamber Music Series in Washington.

Jill Timmons has performed internationally as both a solo and ensemble artist. Her recitals at Carnegie 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 nationwide.

Internationally, Timmons has toured throughout Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Spain and Chile. In the U.S., she has toured under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts and has been heard on National Public Radio.

She earned her doctorate in music from the University of Washington and a master's of music degree from Boston University. Presently she combines concerts and recording work with an artist-in-residence position at Linfield College.

Diane Baxter is professor of music at Western Oregon University and Anita King is professor of music at Willamette.

Tickets at the Music Department Box Office are $12 for Willamette faculty and staff and $3 for University students; and $20 for the general public and $12 for students and seniors at Safeway Fastixx locations.