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Studying Biodiversity in Lebanon and the Region at AUB  
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School Fair 2006: Prospective AUB Students Visit Campus  
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Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine  
Promotions 2005-2006  
Piano Recital by Arnimée Choukassizian  
Lecture on Space Exploration by World Expert  
Teleconferencing Brings Students Together Across Continents  
"Something Is Happening": Fairuz and Ziad Al Rahbani  
Cultural Genocide and Assyrian Cultural Survival  
Lecture on the History and Origins of American Islamicism  
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  History of the American University of Beirut: A New CASAR Course
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  Film on Euthanasia-A True Story  
  Part Two of the CVSP Forum  
  Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said  
  Mozart and Schumann Celebrated at Assembly Hall  
  Austrian Chamber Music Duo Performs at AUB  
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  Rima Khcheich Concert Plays to Sold-out Crowds at Assembly Hall
  Women's Auxiliary  
  33rd Annual Folk Dance Festival Hosts 20 Performing Schools  
June 2006 Vol. 7 No. 8

Austrian Chamber Music Duo Performs at AUB

The Austrian Duo Nota Bene

On May 22, for the fourth time in Beirut, and the second time at AUB, audiences in Lebanon were treated to a marvelous performance of chamber music by the Austrian Duo Nota Bene. Dressed in the typical attire of classical musicians (all black for women and tuxedo for men), the two players, violinist Eva Steinschaden and pianist Alexander Vavtar, looked impressively elegant on the stage of Assembly Hall, completely in tune with the musical program being presented.

"Assembly Hall has nice acoustics," said Vavtar who, like Steinschaden, is a professor of music at the Mozarteum Conservatory in Salzburg. "I think it's good from every position, wherever people are sitting." Indeed, with the piano fully open and Steinschaden's resonant strings, the music filled every corner of the hall, from the pews to the vaulted ceilings.

The duo presented an eclectic program: a Mozart sonata, a series of short arabesques by the Czech composer Martin, a fantasy written by Bresgen of Austria when he was just 16, and a sonata by Mozart's little-known son, Franz Xaver. More than 230 years separate Mozart's date of birth from Bresgen's date of death, marking centuries that span the classical, romantic, and modern periods in classical music. "To play a Mozart sonata is a must," said Steinschaden, "but modern music is always an important part of our program."

Even in the more modern pieces, there was considerable variation in style. In the Martin, for example, the composer made melodic reference to the Fifth Symphony of his Czech compatriot, Antonín Dvoák. There was also a clear reference to Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, as well to American jazz, with its characteristic "swinging eighths." Asked if they often play jazz, Vavtar conceded that, "It's not so easy to play." Although the duo specializes in Viennese classical music, it was apparent from the program that they take an equal interest in contemporary music.

In addition to the Middle East, the Austrian duo has performed on stage in Europe, North Africa, the United States, Japan, and Central America. They have also released several CDs, the most recent in 2004, devoted entirely to modern music.