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Violinist Brian Lewis performs Schumann, Milhaud, Avalon, and more Oct. 11

September 26, 2011

“This is artistry that isn’t to be missed.”
– Topeka Capital-Journal

Brian Lewis, violinThe Yale School of Music presents violinist Brian Lewis in a Faculty Artist Recital on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). Now in his second year as a visiting professor at Yale, Lewis will perform violin sonatas by Schumann, Milhaud, and Robert Avalon, as well as music by Copland and Robert Russell Bennett. He will be joined by pianist Laura Kennedy.

Lewis and Kennedy will play Darius Milhaud’s Sonata No. 2; Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105; and the Connecticut premiere of Robert Avalon’s Violin Sonata, written in 1983. They will also perform the Hoe-Down from Copland’s Rodeo and Robert Russell Bennett’s jubilant Hexapoda: Five Studies in Jitteroptera, the greatest crowd-pleaser from a composer best known for his Broadway orchestrations.

“Few can match Lewis for an honest virtuosity that supremely serves the music,” raves the Topeka Capital-Journal. “This is artistry that isn’t to be missed.”

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About Brian Lewis

One of the most versatile violinists on the current scene, Brian Lewis is an exceptionally gifted and charismatic artist. Much sought after as a performer and teacher, Mr. Lewis concertizes and teaches around the globe. He has released six CDs, most recently for Delos as soloist with the London Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Lewis began his violin studies at the age of four. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Juilliard, studying with the renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. Mr. Lewis holds the David and Mary Winton Green Chair in String Performance and Pedagogy at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also Artistic Director of the Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies at the Juilliard School, concertmaster of the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra in Houston, founding member of the Texas Piano Quartet, and Artistic Director of the Starling Distinguished Violinist Series at UT. Brian Lewis is in his second year as the Class of ’57 Visiting Professor in Music at the Yale School of Music.