Guest artist recital April 16 to feature violinist Marc Levine and pianist Ling-Ju LaiApril 3, 2012
Levine and Lai will present the Complete Brahms Violin Sonatas. Pieces from the collection include Sonata No. 1 in G major for violin and piano, Sonata No. 2 in A major for violin and piano, and Sonata No. 3 in D minor for violin and piano.
Levine, artistic director of the Southampton Cultural Center Chamber Music Series, holds a doctorate from Stony Brook University, and bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University. He is a founding member of Flying Forms, a baroque ensemble known for innovative, interdisciplinary performances.
Levine's performances have been described as "eloquent as well as technically superb, combining technical mastery with emotional perceptiveness and beautiful sound" by the Southampton Press. He has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space, and has been a member of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and The New Tango Project.
Levine has been a part of many baroque ensembles, including Concert Royal, the Lyra Baroque Orchestra, the Aulos Ensemble and Early Music New York.
Lai has garnered favorable reviews for her interpretations of Baroque keyboard music. A concert pianist and harpsichordist, she holds graduate degrees in piano and harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan and the Eastman School of Music. She has participated in music festivals and competitions, including the Bach Festival in Leipzig, the Vlaanderen Festival at Bruge, the William Kapell International Piano Competition in Maryland and the SEHKS International Harpsichord Competition in Florida.
Lai was named the "Rising Star" by two of Taiwan's most prestigious performance organizations: the National Taiwan Concert Hall and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra.
According to the Baltimore Sun, "The depth of sound sinks in with startling poignancy as Ling-Ju Lai lets notes linger long in the air … a moment of musical insight to savor."
The guest artist recital is free and open to the public.
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