Contact: Dr. Ross Smith, Hurley School of Music, 318-869-5071, or Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

Nyaho/Garcia Piano Duo to Perform "Music From Around the World" in Free Concert Feb. 18 at Centenary College's Hurley School of Music

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SHREVEPORT, LA -- "Music From Around the World" will be presented by the Nyaho/Garcia Piano Duo at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 in Centenary College's Hurley School of Music Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the general public.

William Chapman Nyaho and Susie Garcia, musicians and teachers in residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, have combined their talents into an international touring duo known for its energetic and compelling performances, specializing in both the standard repertoire and newly composed works. Drawing from their extensive knowledge of the repertoire, Nyaho and Garcia create fascinating programs that not only entertain but educate diverse audiences. The highlight of this particular event is the inclusion of works outside the European classical tradition with special emphasis on music of the Americas by women and minority composers.

The duo has been performing for several years now, and recently released its first compact disc recording of the complete transcriptions of Aaron Copland for two pianos with Centaur Records.

The event is co-sponsored by Centenary College of Louisiana and the Greater Shreveport Music Teachers' Association, supported by a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism, and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

Dr. Nyaho is assistant professor of piano. He received his advanced music training from Oxford University, England, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, Switzerland, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin. His professional experience includes performances in Ghana, England, Italy, Switzerland and Canada. He has concertized extensively throughout the United States and he has also appeared with symphonies in the South and has been featured on radio and television broadcasts in Ghana and Switzerland, and National Public Radio.

Dr. Garcia is coordinator of keyboard. She earned the baccalaureate with highest honors form Corpus Christi State University and the M.M. in piano pedagogy and literature and the D.M.A. in piano performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Garcia's performances include solo and chamber music recitals throughout the United States and in Italy and Mexico. In addition to maintaining a busy performing schedule, Dr. Garcia is an active lecturer, clinician, and music educator.

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