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October 29, 2012

Critically acclaimed piano duo to perform at Purdue

Anderson and Roe piano duo

Anderson and Roe piano due
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Piano duo Anderson & Roe will perform at Purdue University at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in Loeb Playhouse.

The performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with support from the Jeanne Compton Endowment for Artistic Excellence and Mike and Pam Luenz.

Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe have been described as "Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard" (Southampton Press). Together, they bring a fresh, visionary approach to the concert stage, dazzling audiences around the world as a four-hand, two-piano team.

The duo has appeared on MTV and National Public Radio as part of the Cliburn Concert Series and at dozens of summer chamber music festivals. With adaptations of opera arias by Bizet, Mozart, and Vivaldi, tales of unrequited love in songs by Jacques Brel, and impressions of songs by Michael Jackson and Radiohead, an Anderson & Roe concert is a journey into the power of the piano as a potent and relevant instrument for our time.

The program will include:

Dance macabre, Op. 40* Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)

"Erbarme Dich" from the Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244.*  Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

"Part I" from The Rite of Spring. Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

"Aria" from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.* Heitor Villa-Lobos  (1887-1959)

Libertango.* Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

"Soave sia il vento" from Così fan tutte, K. 588.* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

"Vocalise,” Op. 34, No. 14.* Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

"Paranoid Android" from OK Computer.* Radiohead (1985)

Carmen Fantasy for Two Pianos.* Georges Bizet (1838-1875)

*Arranged by Anderson & Roe

Anderson & Roe's recital appearance is part of a weeklong residency that also includes a performance with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra on Nov.17.

All tickets are $14. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall of Music and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Contact: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu