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Traditionally, a graduate piano recital would include the student performing on one piano and an accompanist playing a reduced orchestral score on another piano. 

University of Texas at San Antonio graduate student Eymen Geylan has bucked tradition by asking the entire 76-member South Texas Symphonic Orchestra to back her for her Feb. 24 recital, featuring the Franz Liszt composition Piano Concerto No. 2.

“She just didn’t want another piano player, she wanted a real orchestra,” said the orchestra’s artistic director Ronnie Sanders, who called the Izmir, Turkey-born Geylan “a visionary” for her effort. 



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