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Guest Viola, Piano Recital Oct. 10 at UW

October 9, 2018

A guest recital featuring Scott Rawls, viola, and James Douglass, piano, will be presented at the University of Wyoming Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts recital hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The recital will feature Brahms’ “Sonata for Viola and Piano in F Minor, Op. 120 No. 1,” Jakov Jakoulov’s “Sonata for Viola and Piano No. 2, Postscript (after Brahms),” and Brahms’ “Sonata for Viola and Piano in Eb Major, Op. 120 No. 2.”

Rawls has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe. With the Nikkanen/Rawls/Bailey string trio, he has played recent tours in Alaska, Washington, Arizona and Texas. His solo and chamber music recordings can be heard on the Centaur, CRI, Nonesuch, Capstone and Philips labels.

A strong proponent of new music, Rawls has premiered dozens of new works by prominent composers, including touring extensively as violist for several musicians. He has performed in major music centers around the world, including London, Vienna, Rome, Milan, Tokyo, Prague, Amsterdam, Brussels, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. 

He currently serves as a professor of viola and chamber music at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

As a collaborative pianist, Douglass has performed across the United States, Europe and China in genres as diverse as opera, choral arts, vocal arts, chamber music, jazz, musical theater and cabaret. His performances have been heard on public radio and television broadcasts in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Nashville, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as the Welsh television network in Great Britain, and in venues such as Carnegie Weill Hall and the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary.

Douglass has taught at Mississippi College, Occidental College in Los Angeles, the University of Southern California and Middle Tennessee State University, where he was director of the collaborative piano degree program. He currently is the artistic director of the Collage Chamber Series, coordinator of chamber music activities and vocal coach at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

He is active as a clinician, adjudicator and recording artist, and recently released two CDs with soprano Hope Koehler of the songs of John Jacob Niles.

For more information, call Kathy Kirkaldie, UW Fine Arts coordinator, at (307) 766-2160 or email

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