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April 19, 2006

KEDM – FM Celebrates 15th Anniversary

On April 29, KEDM-FM, Northeast Louisiana’s public radio station, will celebrate its 15th anniversary with “A Little Night Music.” At 8 p.m., world-renowned pianist Richard Dowling will perform at the Biedenharn Recital Hall on the University of Louisiana at Monroe campus.

Hailed by the New York Times as an “especially fine young pianist,” Dowling has appeared on PBS as well as National Public Radio’s Performance Today and has performed at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Central Park.

Biedenharn Recital Hall is the perfect venue for Saturday’s performance, said Mark Simmons, KEDM general manager. “This is a remarkable opportunity to enjoy a cosmopolitan performance in a personal setting,” Simmons said.

Tickets may be purchased at the KEDM Studios on the campus of ULM, 225 Stubbs Hall, in Monroe.

Ticket prices are $10 for KEDM members, $15 for non-members and $15 at the door.

A Patron’s “Meet the Artist” Gala will follow the concert at the ULM Library Conference Center.  Patrons will meet Dowling and enjoy an open bar, cocktail buffet and silent auction. Tickets for the Patron’s Gala are also available at KEDM for $50.

Vantage Health Plan, Inc., The Boles Law Firm, and Louisiana Pain Care will sponsor the event. Seating is limited.

Dowling studied at the Conservatoire de Musique in Nice under the direction of French pianist Jeanne-Marie Darre.  His formal recital debut in Paris was at the Salle Cortot, and later the French Embassy in Washington D. C.  He also studied at Yale University where he was honored with both the Lockwood Award and the Bruce Simonds Award. Dowling holds a doctorate in musical arts in piano performance from the University in Texas.

Dowling’s repertoire includes the complete solo and chamber piano music of Ravel and numerous works by Debussy, Faure and Saint-Saens.  His album releases include “Sweet and Low-Down,” containing nearly all Gershwin’s solo piano works.  He has also released two CDs of well-known piano works by Chopin.  “A Frog He Went a-Courting, Pairs of Pieces” features cello and piano works of Evan Drachman.  Dowling’s favorite American ragtime piano repertoire can be found on his “World’s Greatest Rags CD.” Dowling’s CDs will be available for sale after the concert.

For more information, please contact KEDM’s Susan Allain at 342-5556 or

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