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Faculty Virtuosi Series welcomes notable guest violinist for November concert

Monday, November 7, 2011

Join the University of Kansas School of Music for the 2011-12 Faculty Virtuosi Series, a showcase of performances highlighting the talents of the School of Music faculty musicians. The next concert in the series will take place on Sunday, November 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m., featuring visiting artist Nick Kitchen, the first violinist of the renowned Borromeo Quartet. The program will begin with a performance of Table Music, performed by KU’s Ji Hye Jung (percussion) and her students, and continue with Eric Ewazen’s Three Lyrics of Edna St. Vincent Millay, performed by KU faculty members Julia Broxholm (soprano) and Steven Spooner (piano). The evening will also feature a performance of Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47, featuring Nick Kitchen collaborating with KU faculty members Peter Chun (viola); Ed Laut (cello); and Steven Spooner (piano).

Kitchen will perform on one of the great violins in the world, a 280-year old instrument made by Giuseppe Guarneri, “del gesu,” of Cremona. The violin is known as the “Goldberg-Baron Vitta,” named after famous French baron Joseph Raphael Vitta and the last owner of the instrument, violinist Szymon Goldberg. Goldberg’s widow donated the violin to the Library of Congress after his death and arranged for it to be played by Nick on a lifetime loan.

Additional concerts in this series are scheduled for February 18 and April 15, 2012. More information for the remaining concerts will be posted on the KU School of Music website at www.music.ku.edu.

All concerts take place in Swarthout Recital Hall/Murphy Hall and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the KU School of Music at 785-864-3436. MUSIC.KU.EDU



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