Contact: Diane Greenberg, or Mona S. Rowe

Mailed 4/8/98




Upton, NY - The U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory will present a concert by pianist Justin Kolb on Thursday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in the Laboratory's Berkner Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Justin Kolb, who has performed with numerous prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic in Germany and the U.S. Military Concert Band at West Point, made his New York City orchestral debut with the Jupiter Symphony this spring. He has also performed solo at Carnegie Hall, and his most recent recording, Robert Starer Solo Piano Music 1946-1996, has been enthusiastically received. For his many achievements in music, Mr. Kolb was chosen to receive the 1994 Distinguished Alumni Award from DePaul University.

Mr. Kolb is frequently engaged by colleges and universities to present his interactive lecture titled Know the Score: Inspiration and Motivation for Surviving in the Business of Music. He also offers music enrichment programs for students in grades K-12, and clinics for professional music teachers' associations across the U.S. and Canada.

At the May 7 concert, Mr. Kolb will give a solo performance of Franz Liszt's piano transcription of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Mr. Kolb will also discuss the strategy and tactics he employed to prepare for his triumphant performance of this concert transcription during the 1997 International Liszt Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. He will address some of the underlying political considerations that stimulated Beethoven to compose this symphony, the reasons Liszt felt compelled to develop the transcription, and the art of transcription in general.

While there is no charge for admission, donations to the Brookhaven Employees Recreation Association Concert Committee are important to help fund the concert series. Donors who make a single contribution of $25 or more for the entire season will be listed in each concert program for the rest of the season.

For more information, call (516)344-3550 for a recorded message, which is available during the two weeks immediately preceding the concert. To speak to someone in person, call Brookhaven Lab's Public Affairs Office at (516)344-2345, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 on the Long Island Expressway.