JBU Presents Duo Piano Concert

Siloam Springs, Ark (October 21, 2003) — The John Brown University music department will host a duo piano concert featuring Dr. Yumiko Oshima-Ryan and Dr. Linda Beckman on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is part of JBU’s Lyceum series. The pianists will perform on a pair of nine-foot concert grand Steinway pianos. The concert is free and open to the public. Oshima-Ryan and Beckman will play a set of Japanese folk songs by Miyoshi, as well as En Blanc et noir by Debussy. The concert will also feature other selections played by student pianists and JBU graduate Micci Gerbrandt as she and Dr. Beckman perform Copeland’s, Danzon Cubano. Kristy Megli, Jessica Naramore, Ryan Ransdell and Jon Sauceda will play an eight-hand arrangement, Quodlibet on American Folk Tunes by Dahl; Sarah Chess and Mark Schafer will play Jamaican Rumba by Benjamin; and Ryan Ransdell will team with Dr. Beckman for Lutoslawski's Variations on a Theme by Paganini. Oshima-Ryan was born in Tokyo, Japan and started to play piano at age three. She graduated from the prestigious Toho Music Academy in Tokyo. She came to the United States to further pursue her education and earned a doctorate in musical arts at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. Oshima-Ryan has received numerous awards including first prize the Wurlitzer Collegiate Artist Competition and second prize at the International Beethoven Piano Sonata Competition. She is currently an assistant professor of music at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. Beckman earned her master’s degree in piano performance and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Oklahoma. She has accompanied at Carnegie Hall in New York City and the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently in her eighth year at JBU and serves as associate professor of music and as chair of the music department. John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.