(OCALA, Fla.) Feb. 17, 2009 – International pianists Jose Meliton and Elena Martin will perform “Two-Piano Music From Spain” during the After Hours event at the Appleton Museum of Art of College of Central Florida on Thursday, March 5. Doors open at 5 p.m. for cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and music begins at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Meliton and Martin have been hailed by critics and audiences in America, Europe and Asia as one of the most compelling talents of their generation in the realm of Spanish two-piano music. They will perform music written specifically for two pianos by such composers as Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Manuel de Falla and Padre Antonio Soler. Both Meliton and Martin hold the Titulo Superior de Piano from the Real Conservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina.

In addition to the After Hours musical program, visitors will enjoy the Appleton’s current A.E. “Bean” Backus exhibition and the museum’s extensive permanent collection of European, American, Asian, African, Contemporary and pre-Columbian art and artifacts. The Appleton’s next After Hours will present Ya’Gozo, The Latin Jazz Band, on May 8.

The Appleton Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Mondays. In addition to daily admission, a 12-month membership is available for $25 for seniors 55 and over, $30 for adults 18 and over, $40 for two seniors over age 55, $50 for a family of two adults and any children under age 18, and $15 for college students and current or retired educators.

Owned and operated by College of Central Florida, the Appleton Museum of Art is located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, just east of downtown on SR40 (exit 352 east off I-75 or exit 268 west off I-95). For more information call the Appleton Museum of Art at 352-291-4455 or visit