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American pianist headlines new Reading event

Release Date 06 July 2005

James NalleyReading is famous for its Summer music events – the Rock Festival and WOMAD – and now a new series of musical performances kicks off in Reading Concert Hall on Sunday 17 July with a piano recital by the American virtuoso James Nalley. Organised by the University of Reading and Reading Borough Council, the concert is part of Music Making in Reading, a week-long sequence of music events which relate to an international Summer School being held at the University that focuses on music teaching and performance. Nalley's programme will begin with Beethoven and Liszt, while the second half features music by American composers – the taxing and exhilarating Sonata No. 1 by Charles Ives and a set of Études by recent Pullitzer Prizewinner John Corigliano. Nalley will return to Reading Concert Hall on Thursday 21 July to lead a master class with young pianists who have won regional competitions selected by the European Piano Teachers' Association. James Nalley is Assistant Professor of Piano at Florida State University School of Music at Tallahassee, Florida, where he has a growing reputation throughout the United States both as a recitalist and as a highly imaginative teacher. He is on the roster of recording artists for the Eroica Record Label and has just released his second CD, a recording of works by Schubert and Liszt. In all, eight events open to the public will take place at the University's Bulmershe campus and at Reading Concert Hall between Saturday 16 July and Saturday 23 July. Other highlights include Paris-based Tran Quang Hai demonstrating the amazing versatility of the human vocal anatomy in 'The World of the Human Voice' at the University's Bulmershe campus on Tuesday 19 July. The next day will see ensembles from the Thames Valley region performing at the Reading Concert Hall, and Music Making in Reading will reach its climax on Saturday 23 July with a special workshop day for singers of all ages and abilities. For further information about the events (prices vary), please contact the University's on: Tel: 0118 378 8843 Email: mtpp@rdg.ac.uk Web: www.education.rdg.ac.uk/mtpp End Notes for editors -For a digital image of James Nalley and for any other media enquiries, please contact Sue Rayner. T: 0118 378 8005 E: s.j.rayner@rdg.ac.uk

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