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Piano Duet Recital Set for Jan. 15 at Clarke

Dubuque, Iowa – The Clarke University Music Department presents Heidi Riepe and Joel Brown as they perform a piano duet recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, in Jansen Music Hall on Clarke’s campus. Admission is free.

Riepe graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor of music in piano performance. She studied with Barnard Abromovitch at the University of California-Berkeley and taught piano at various studios in Oakland. In 1977 she moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, her husband’s hometown, and established a piano studio there. Eventually, she began to partner musically with Brown at Iowa Wesleyan College.

Brown earned a bachelor in music at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, N.C., studying piano. He received a master’s of music in piano and a doctor of music in piano pedagogy and music literature at Indiana University. In 1972 he joined the faculty of Iowa Wesleyan College and retired from that position as Professor Emeritus of Music in 2012.

The program for the Clarke performance includes Slavonic Dance by Dvořák, 4 Fantasies on American Folksongs by Townsend, Sonatina by Kuhlau and Fantasy by Schubert.

For more information, contact the Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.

Clarke University is a Catholic, liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who positively impact their workplace, family and community. Academic offerings include more than 40 undergraduate liberal arts and pre-professional programs and six graduate degree programs. Founded in 1843 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Clarke is located near the Mississippi River in the thriving city of Dubuque, Iowa. It is the only BVM university in the country.



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