Piano Duo to Perform for Goudy Distinguished Artists Series

The Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series presents the Nyaho/Garcia Duo on piano Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University.

The artists are Susanna Garcia, a South Texas native who has performed both solo and chamber recitals throughout North America and Europe, and William Chapman Nyaho, a Ghanaian-American who currently is visiting artist-in-residence at Willamette.

Garcia and Nyaho began their musical collaboration in the early 1990s while both were teaching at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Praised for their energetic and compelling performances, the pianists bring their rich cultural backgrounds to their repertoire, exploring the music of African, Hispanic and women composers. The duo's first CD of the complete transcriptions of the works of Aaron Copland for two pianos was lauded by Classical Magazine: "[They] form a perfect match in their style of playing, their tone and their genuine feeling and understanding of the Copland pieces."

Garcia, coordinator of keyboard at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has toured Mexico giving recitals and workshops through the government's Cultural Enrichment Program. Her work has appeared in the journals 19th Century Music, Interdisciplinary Humanities and Piano Pedagogy Forum.

Nyaho's work has been lauded by The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Gramophone magazine and poet Maya Angelou. He is a faculty member of the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan, and his five-volume anthology, "Piano Music by Composers of Africa and the Diaspora," was published in 2007 by Oxford University Press.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students and seniors, and are available at the Pentacle Theatre Ticket Office in Salem at 145 Liberty St. NE, Suite 102. Tickets also can be charged by phone at (503) 485-4300, and are subject to a service charge. For more information, call the Willamette University Music Department at (503) 370-6255.