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The McHugh-Oliphant Duo to perform at BC

The McHugh-Oliphant Duo, Duo-in Residence at the University of Louisville (UofL) will perform an all-Beethoven program Friday evening, Nov. 12 at Berea College. The recital in Presser Hallís Gray Auditorium will begin at 8 p.m.

Naomi Oliphant and Peter McHugh

The performance is part of the a state-wide tour in celebration of the retirement at the end of the year of Duo violinist Peter McHugh, after a 39-year career as professor of violin at UofL. For the tour, the Duo is performing Beethovenís complete cycle of Sonatas for Piano and Violin. On their program in Berea, the Duo will be playing Sonatas #5, 6 and 7.

The event is one of several guest performances sponsored annually by Bereaís Music Department, and is free and open to the public.

The McHugh-Oliphant Duo was founded in 1983 and since that time has performed over 300 concerts across the United States and Canada, including performances on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Recital Series in Chicago and at The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. They also have undertaken three European Tours, one at the invitation of the American Embassy and USIA.

It has been part of the mission of the Duo to tour to all areas of the state of Kentucky, and with Project Grants from the Kentucky Arts Council, they have taken concerts to areas where classical concerts are rarely heard. Previously, the Duo presented concert series dedicated to works for piano and violin of Mozart and of Johannes Brahms.

McHugh, as Distinguished Professor of Violin and University Scholar at UofL, is active not only as a violist with the McHugh-Oliphant Duo, the Louisville String Quartet, and the Kentucky Center Chamber Artists. He has been Concertmaster and soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and other major American symphony orchestras, and played with many other orchestras. He has recorded for RCA, New Albion Records and Louisville First Edition Recordings.

Naomi Oliphant, pianist of The McHugh-Oliphant Duo, has earned an international reputation as a soloist and chamber musician on both piano and harpsichord throughout the U.S.A., Canada and Europe. She has appeared with the Toronto Symphony under Seiji Ozawa, the Louisville Orchestra and the Louisville Ballet and has been aired on radio and television throughout North America and Europe. In the UofL School of Music, she is Chair of the Keyboard Department. She also is very active as a guest lecturer, clinician and adjudicator.

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