Oct. 17, 2005
Pianists Dr. James March, professor of music at Morningside College, Dr. Kathryn March, artist-in-residence at Morningside, and their daughter Stephanie March, a cellist, will present a recital on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. The recital is free and open to the public.
The program will include Bach’s Duet in G major, Op. 15 for two pianos; Mozart’s Sonata in D major, K. 448 for two pianos; Edouard Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor; and Camille Saint Saens’ Variations on a Theme by Beethoven, Op. 35.
James and Kathryn March, known professionally as "The March Duo," have performed together since they met as graduate students at the University of Iowa in 1982. Both hold doctorate of musical arts and master of fine arts degrees from the university. The two are frequent performers and often serve as adjudicators for festivals and competitions throughout the Midwest. Together, they have recorded a compact disc (CD) “Johannes Brahms: The 21 Hungarian Dances,” released in 2002 on the Centaur label.
James March, who has been at Morningside since 1986, has appeared as a soloist with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minneapolis Civic Orchestra, Sioux City Symphony, and others. He has received first prizes in the Concerto Division of the Piano Guild's International Recording Competition, the national level of the Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and the Bloomington-Normal Concerto Competition. He has recorded five CDs including the collaboration with his wife.
Kathryn March has taught at Morningside, Western Iowa Tech Community College, and the University of South Carolina-Coastal Carolina College. She has been a soloist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and the University of Iowa and Morningside College Chamber Orchestras.
Stephanie March is an accomplished cellist and pianist and is the youngest member of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with several orchestras in Iowa and the region, including the Cherokee Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Dodge Symphony, the South Dakota Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and as guest soloist with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra.
She has been a prizewinner at several music competitions including the 2005 LaCrosse Symphony Orchestra’s Rising Stars Tri-State Concerto Competition in Wisconsin, the 2004 and 2005 South Dakota Symphony’s Young Musician Competition, and the 2004 Des Moines Symphony Young Artists Concerto Competition in Iowa, among others. She was named principal cellist of the Iowa All-State Orchestra in Ames in 2004 and again in 2005, when they performed for the National Governor’s Conference in Des Moines.
This summer she was awarded first prize in the 2005 Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. Broadcasts of her performances at the 2002, 2003, and 2004 Bill Riley competitions have been aired on Iowa Public Television.