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Spanish Born Duo-Pianists to Perform Concert


November 26, 2010




Averett University and the Danville Concert Association are pleased to announce a community partnership that will bring duo-pianists Elena Martín and José Melitón to Danville. The concert will be performed in Pritchett Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

Martín and Melitón have been described as "playing in perfect synchronization and with hypnotic poetry, sharply chiseled refinement, fierce commitment and palpable charisma" by American Music Teacher's Magazine. The duo, which has performed around the world, is unique in part because they play Martín's own transcriptions for two pianos. Her achievement in achieving this challenging task constitutes a great addition to the music literature for two pianos. Copies and recordings of her manuscripts "Spanish Dance No. 1" and "Spanish Dance No. 2" from "La Vida Breve" are kept at the Manuel de Falla Archives in Granada, Spain.

They have performed as guest artists in festivals and concert series, master classes and workshops in more than 30 states in the U.S. alone as well as in fine halls throughout the world including the International Artists Series at the University of New Orleans, the Virtuoso Piano Series at Town Hall-Seattle, the Doris Duke Hall at the Honolulu Academy of Arts-Hawaii, Lantaren Venster Theater in Rotterdam and the National Gallery of Art-Washington, D.C.

Martín and Melitón both hold the Titulo Superior de Piano from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid and master's degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

For tickets and information about the performance call 434-792-9242.