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CC Pianist Susan Grace Has New Release

Colorado College Music Lecturer and Artist-in-Residence Susan Grace has a new release, the "Music of Stefan Wolpe, Vol. 7," out from Bridge Records. Grace, a Grammy-nominated pianist, also is the music director of CC's Summer Music Festival. Other featured performers on the disc are violinist, Movses Pogossian, a professor at UCLA, and Varty Manoelian, violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

"The Music of Stefan Wolpe" includes several premiere recordings, among them the spectacular "Duo for Two Violins, Op. 2," "Two Studies" of 1933, and the fragment of a "Second Violin Sonata." In addition it includes Wolpe's two late violin solos and his magnificent and epic 1949 "Sonata for Violin and Piano."

Wolpe studied the violin and piano as a child. His life transformed when, at the age of 18, he visited the Bauhaus at Weimar and sat in on an introductory course featuring the painter and progressive educator Johannes Itten. Throughout his life Wolpe maintained that art has the power to transform the individual and society.

Grace has performed solo and chamber recitals, and appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Korea, India and China. She also performed in the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's new-music series Engine 408, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Grand Teton Festival, the Cape Cod Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England. She is a member of Quattro Mani, an internationally acclaimed two-piano ensemble with pianist Steven Beck. Recent appearances have included the Austin and Alabama Symphonies, Colorado College, and Subculture in New York City.

Grace has recorded for Bridge Records, the Belgium National Radio, WFMT in Chicago, the Society of Composers, Wilson Audio, Klavier International, and Klavier Music Productions.

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