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Faculty, guest artists play to benefit student scholarships

by UofL Today last modified Oct 04, 2012 02:01 PM

Faculty and guest artists are teaming to present a concert series featuring music by some of the world’s best composers to raise money for piano and string scholarships.

The Music eX Series is starting its second year. Dror Biran, artistic director and UofL piano professor, will play a series of concerts from October through April with such string instrument artists as Keith Robinson, Cathy Meng Robinson, Brittany MacWilliams, J. Patrick Rafferty, Erin Rafferty and Paul York.

Born in Israel and winner of top international prizes, Biran established the Music eX Series to support talented students in the same way he received help as he worked to launch his music career.

“Scholarships opened doors for me,” Biran said. “I am thrilled for both the opportunity to give back and to play with distinguished artists the great music from Germany, France, Russia, Czech Republic and the USA.”

All concerts will begin at 3 p.m. and are in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music. Music history faculty will give pre-concert lectures beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Here is the schedule:

  • Oct. 14, works from Germany: Beethoven, Handel-Halvorsen and Mendelssohn, features gues artists from the Miami String Quartet Keith Robinson, cello, and  Cathy Meng Robinson, violin.
  • Nov. 11, works from France: Debussy, Ravel and Frank, features faculty artist Brittany MacWilliams, violin.
  • Feb. 24, 2013, works from Russia and the United States: Rachmaninoff, Mediner,Prokofiev and the world premiere of Marc Satterwhite’s “Nightmare Fantasies,” piano solo.
  • April 7, 2013, works from the Czech Republic: Dvorak, features faculty artists J. Patrick Rafferty and Brittany MacWilliams, violins; Erin Rafferty, viola; and Paul York, cello.

Tickets are $50 for all four concerts or $15 each for individual concerts. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6907 or go to the School of Music.

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