Gusman Hall, Univeristy of Miami 1314 Miller Drive
Coral Gables, Florida 33124
Performing at Sunday Afternoons of Music (May 19 - May 19)
Runtime: 2 Hours
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin, twenty five year old, born in Taipei, Taiwan, enjoys a versatile career as soloist and chamber musician, having performed with renown musicians and ensembles in Europe, the U. S. and Asia. Among her many honors and awards are the Gold Medal in the 18th Stulberg International String Competition and third prize in the 2008 Moscow International David Oistrakh Violin Competition. She has performed in Carnegie/Alice Tully Halls, Kennedy Center, Library of Congress Washington, D.C. and in major cities across the U.S., collaborating with such artists as Pamela Frank, Gary Hoffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Ralph Kirshbaum and members of the Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion and Vermeer quartets.
Ms. Wu studied at the Juilliard School receiving her bachelor’s degree from Curtis Institute and was awarded the Milka Violin Artist Fellowship. In 2010 she graduated from Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and received awards for excellence in both solo string instruments and chamber music, She is a professor of violin and chamber music at the Thornton School. She performs on a 1734 Domenico Montagnana violin
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, Julio Elizalde has been praised by the New York Times for his ‘catlike ease’ at the keyboard. This American pianist is gaining widespread recognition for his musical depth and creative insight. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree with honors at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music as a student of pianist/violist Paul Hersh. In May of 2007, Elizalde graduated as Doctor of Musical Arts from the Juilliard School in New York City studying piano with Jerome Lowenthal and Joseph Kalichstein. He has collaborated with violinists Ray Chen, Pamela Frank, Donald Weilerstein, Robert Mann, Curtis Macomber, cellist Bonnie Hampton, baritone William Sharp, and soprano Susan Narucki among others.
Their program includes Four Songs by Schubert and Schubert’s Fantasy in C major, D.934. Following intermission Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 103 and Prokofiev’s Violin sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 94b.
Sunday Afternoons of Music
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS OF MUSIC
As part of a cultural weekend in October 1980, Doreen Marx presented a free concert with a string quartet composed of the “first chairs” from the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. This was so successful that another concert was given in the spring of 1981. The success of this ground breaking performance demonstrated the popular demand for affordable classical music concerts in South Miami. Prior to the 1980’s Miami-Dade County offered few reasonably priced cultural programs of this quality.
In the series third year, three concerts were presented with local artists. To provide subscribers with something special Doreen initiated an Artists Reception Supper following each performance. In addition, the entire audience was offered complimentary wine and soft drinks at intermission. From these small and simple beginnings, the Sunday Afternoons of Music concert series took shape, and is now recognized as one of the leading recital series in the nation .
Serious music lovers are attracted to the series because of the talent of the nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. Each year the audiences have increased due to the high caliber of artists and reasonable ticket prices. During the first twenty one years the Temple Beth Am Sanctuary provided intimate and warm surroundings, free parking and ease of access. Now in its present location and home at Gusman Concert Hall University of Miami, Coral Gables Campus the series enjoys excellent acoustics as well as greater seating capacity.
Some of the nationally and internationally acclaimed artists who have appeared during the past thirty years: Violinsts - Aaron Rosand, Vadim Repin, Peter Zazofsky, Jaime Laredo, Dmitry Sitkovetsky; Pianists - Bella Davidovich, Richard Goode, Grigory Sokolov; Cellists – Sharon Robinson, Janos Starker, Leslie Parnas, William DeRosa; Quartets: - Muir, Mendelssohn, Orion, St. Lawrence, Juilliard and The Miami String; Vocalists: Eglise Gutierrez, Elizabeth Caballero, Veronica Villarroel, Benita Valente, Dawn Upshaw, Sherrill Milnes, Marcello Giordani, Ben Heppner.