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Umble-Okada Duo perform in Dalton Center

Oct. 16, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Saxophonist James Umble and pianist Jun Okada present a free recital in Western Michigan University's Dalton Center Recital Hall at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Umble is professor of music in the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University. He is active as a solo and chamber musician. A recent concert at the Cleveland Museum of Art led Cleveland Plain Dealer critic Donald Rosenberg to write "...Umble must be one of the most elegant exponents of his instrument... he was virtuosic in every way..."

Internationally sought after as a professional pianist, Okada is involved in more than 100 performances annually as a soloist, in duo ensembles and as a chamber music specialist. She has received critical acclaim for her expertise in the performance of string, low brass, and woodwind literature. A native of Hiroshima, Japan, she began her musical studies at Yamaha Music School and received bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University under the tutelage of Deborah Moriarty.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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