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Juilliard-Trained Pianist Sisters Perform at UW Nov. 20

November 13, 2015
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Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform at the University of Wyoming Friday, Nov. 20, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall as part of the UW Cultural Programs series. (www.christinaandmichellenaughton.com)

Julliard School-trained pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform at the University of Wyoming at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. The sisters’ performance is part of the UW Cultural Programs series.

Tickets cost $17.50 for the public; $14.50 for senior citizens, UW faculty and staff; and $10.50 for students. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts box office and the Wyoming Union information desk, by calling (307) 766-6666 or going online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.

The twin sisters are graduates of the Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. They earned bachelor's degrees in solo piano performance in 2011 at Curtis, where they both received the Festorazzi Prize. They earned master's degrees from Juilliard in 2013.

The Naughtons have performed at a number of music festivals and series, including locations around the country and internationally.

The duo recorded their first album, “Piano Duets,” in the Sendesaal in Bremen, Germany. Their performances have been broadcast on American Public Media’s “Performance Today” and Sirius XM Satellite Radio, as well as in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Hong Kong, Latvia, the Netherlands and Germany.

Born in Princeton, N.J., the sisters began taking piano lessons from their mother at age 4. Although the sisters initially practiced and performed individually, a concert presenter's request that they perform together as a duo when they were 18 highlighted their talent and marked the beginning of a preference for making music together.

The Naughtons' professional career was launched in 2010 with debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the Mann Center for Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, after which The Philadelphia Inquirer described them as "paired to perfection.”

The Cultural Programs fall series ends Sunday, Dec. 6, with the Soweto Gospel Choir Holiday Show in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium.

Tickets for that program cost $25 for the public; $20 for senior citizens, UW faculty and staff; and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Performing Arts box office and the Wyoming Union information desk, by calling (307) 766-6666 or going online at www.uwyo.edu/finearts.

For a complete list of fall and spring programs, visit www.uwyo.edu/culturalprogram/.


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