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Date: January 15, 2003 (03-04)
Contact: Dave Willingham, 240-567-7970; Pager: 301-930-0972
               Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College to Present Piano Masters Duet
Nationally Known Duo of Maribeth and Bradford Gowan Play February 1

             Piano duet music of the highest caliber will fill the recital hall at the Montgomery College Rockville Campus Music Building the evening of February 1.  Bradford Gowan, featured in the notable book The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the USA, will join his wife Maribeth for a program showcasing their highly developed musical togetherness. 

“Their camaraderie is unique; their playing together is splendid; maybe the best I’ve heard,” said Montgomery College Music Professor Jay Crowder of the Gowans.  “It is highly unusual for two pianists of this caliber to be married and their closeness is apparent in their music.”

            The Gowans’ concert is offered in conjunction with the Arts Institute of Montgomery College Master Class Series in Piano.  Bradford Gowan will present a Master Class to MC piano students during the afternoon before the performance.

Arts Institute Interim Director James Brown says “Bradford Gowen has performed and studied with many of the 20th century's eminent musicians and composers.  To bring his wealth of first-hand knowledge directly to our music majors provides them with a once in a life time experience.” 

Support for the Master Class Series is provided by a grant from the Webber Family Foundation. 

            Bradford Gowan has been in the national spotlight since he won first prize in the 1978 Kennedy Center/Rockefeller Foundation International Competition for Excellence in the Performance of American Music.  He has played a busy concert and recording schedule, including appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Maribeth Gowan has played with the National Chamber Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony, among many others.  She was the 1980 winner of the Collegiate Artist Competition sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association. 

The Gowans have made numerous appearances together, including a 1997 Schubert bicentennial concert at the National Gallery of Art devoted to the composer’s four-hand work. 

Both members of the husband-wife duo hold master’s degrees; Maribeth from the University of Alabama and Bradford from the Eastman School of Music.  Bradford is a long-time member of the music faculty at the University of Maryland.  Maribeth is on the piano faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music. 

            The February 1 recital is free and open to the public, beginning at 7:30 p.m.  The Montgomery College Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street.  Please call 240-567-7554 for further information and directions to the Music Building. 

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