PRICE DUO performs in National Theater
Thursday, June 02 2005 @ 05:16 PM UTC
Contributed by: Anonymous
International artists Deon Nielsen Price, pianist/composer, and son Berkeley Price, clarinetist, who comprise the PRICE DUO, are a Los Angeles based mother and son chamber music ensemble who have brought their professional performances to many international venues.
Deon Nielsen Price’s interest in professional music began here in Panama in the National Theater when she lived at Fort Clayton with her parents as a young teenager. In her own words:
“When I was 12 and 13 years old, I lived in Fort Clayton in the Panama Canal Zone. I went with my family to concerts at the National Theater where we heard the great pianists Arthur Rubinstein and Gyorgy Sandor. I even slipped back stage during intermission for their autographs! Their beautiful music inspired my ambition to pursue studying music to become a concert pianist.
“Now I can tell you that I have been seriously studying, performing and teaching music all my life and have composed more than one hundred musical works.
“This time in the National Theater, I am thrilled to be performing with my son, Dr. Berkeley Price, clarinetist.
“Returning to the site of my early ambition now completes a circle.”
The music on the program will include various well-known styles: jazz (Gershwin), a habanera (Ravel), a Panamanian dance (Garcia de Caturla), Classical and Romantic music (Weber and Chopin), the famous “Flight of the Bumblebee” (Rimsky-Korsakov), and original compositions including sad music about children of wars and exciting music for clarinets from 18” to 8 feet in length.
The PRICE DUO has been performing together internationally since 1994. Concerts since 2000 have included venues in Greece at the Revival of the Ancient Nemean Games (one of the original sites of the Olympics); in Shanghai and Beijing, China (in the Beijing Concert Hall); in Pasadena, California at the International Alliance for Women in Music Concert; in Washington D.C in the National Museum for Women in the Arts; at Chaffey College and West Los Angeles College(CA)for the National Association of Composers; at Central State University (OH) in the Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Center; at Antioch and Otterbein Colleges (OH); and at the Mu Phi Epsilon International Centennial, Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, Deon performed her compositions at the “International Women in Music Today Festival” at the Kum-Ho Art Center in Seoul, Korea, and at the historical Los Angeles Stake Center in cooperation with the Southern California Mormon Choir and the Voce Angelicus Women’s Choir in celebration of Deon’s 70th Birthday.
Dr. Berkeley Price, clarinetist and former university professor, holds
degrees from the University of Rochester Eastman School of Music and
Brigham Young University. He is Director of Instrumental Music at the Windward School in Los Angeles. In this performance, Dr. Price will play five different clarinets ranging in length from 18 inches to 8 1/2 feet.
Dr. Deon Nielsen Price, composer and pianist, President of the National
Association of Composers/U.S.A. and former President of the International Alliance for Women in Music, holds degrees from the University of Southern
California, the University of Michigan, and Brigham Young University. She has also been married fifty-two years and has five children and sixteen grandchildren.
The PRICE DUO has received critical acclaim for performances throughout
the United States, Europe and at the Beijing Concert Hall in China. The
Los Angeles Times called their original music "compelling...makes a strong
impression...and is engaging in its sophistication and innovation."
American Record Guide critiqued their CD recording Clariphonia as "First rate..and I'd love to hear this music in a recital." The RheinNeckar Zeitung in Germany called their performance "heartwarming".
Deon’s father, Willard LaGrand Nielsen, retired colonel in the US Army, was stationed at Ft. Clayton 1946-48. He is now an active 97 year old and is returning to Panama with the DUO. Deon’s sister and brother-in-law, Gaye and Michael Duffin, live in Panama supervising the missionary work for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.