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March 25, 2010
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Baker music department to sponsor event at First United Methodist Church

Baldwin City, Kan. — Two guest musicians — Hannah Holman and Réne Lecuona — will perform on Tuesday, March 30, at First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City. Admission to the 7:30 p.m. concert, sponsored by Baker University’s music department, is free.

Holman, a cellist, began her professional career in England playing with the English String Orchestra under Yehudi Menuhin and later with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Simon Rattle. After returning to the United States, she became principal cello of the Jackson Symphony and assistant principal with the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician, she was a founding member of the Beaumont Piano Trio, which performed recitals around the United States and England, and was also a founding member of Quadrivinium, a music ensemble in residence at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has an active solo career, performing with orchestras in Michigan, Virginia, Georgia and Iowa. Additionally, Holman participated in the Pablo Casals Cello competition in Germany and the Luis Sigall Cello Competition in Chile. Holman has served on faculties of the Worcester College, Michigan State University Community School and Virginia Union University. Ms. Holman is a lecturer at the University of Iowa.

Lecuona, a pianist, has been praised for her chamber music interpretations and solo performances.  She has performed throughout South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the United States. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in Weill Recital Hall with mezzo-soprano Katherine Eberle and in the Goodman Hall at Lincoln Center with soprano Rachel Joselson. Her playing has been featured on many compact discs, including a recording of the music of Margaret Brouwer, which won the 2000 Contemporary Art Music Burton Award. Lecuona is on the faculty of The University of Iowa. She resides in Coralville, Iowa, with her husband, Andrew, and their son, Sebastian.

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