The Janus Duoópianists Barbara Rowan and Francis Whangówill perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Brendle Recital Hall on the Wake Forest campus.
Named for the Roman god with two faces, the Janus Duo looks backward to the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in their repertoire while looking forward to include newer music.
Rowan and Whang began their collaboration in 1992 with a performance of Darius Milhaud’s “Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra” with the North Carolina Symphony. For the first two years, the duo performed works by Johannes Brahms and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
During the summer of 1996, the Janus Duo performed a program of American music and Liszt at the International Liszt Festival and the Congress of the European Piano Teachers Association in the Czech Republic. The Wake Forest concert will feature music from that program.
Rowan and Whang are members of the music faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rowan’s specialties in nineteenth and twentieth century music have taken her as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician across the United States and to Austria, France, Sweden and Germany. Whang has performed as a soloist and chamber player in the United States, Europe and Asia.
The event is part of Wake Forest’s Year of the Arts, a yearlong celebration of the arts featuring special performances, lectures and exhibitions.
Admission is free. For information, call 759-5026.
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