The University of Louisville is getting even more serious about classical music, and the school has always had a stellar reputation.
(It’s not Indiana University, but hey, this is Kentucky.)
We would argue passionately Louisville’s best classical concert of 2012 was not at Whitney Hall, but German cellist Johannas Moser playing to a packed house last March at Comstock Hall at the U of L School of Music.
Now, U of L has created the Music eX Series, a Sunday concert series for piano and strings showcasing the best composers from around the world.
(We have no idea what “Music eX Series” means, but it sounds cool.)
Dror Biran, artistic director and U of L piano professor, will perform with a variety of guest artists and fellow faculty in a celebration of the world’s music, according to a U of L news release.
The Music eX Series will feature four concerts to raise funds for piano and string student scholarships:
• Oct. 14, works from Germany: Beethoven, Handel-Halvorsen and Mendelssohn, features guest 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 USA: Rachmaninoff, Mediner, Prokofiev and 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,
Born in Israel and winner of top international prizes, Biran established the Music eX Series last year to support talented students in the same way he was helped as he worked to launch his musical 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 are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture by music history faculty (lectures begin at 2:15 p.m.). The concerts will be performed in the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall, School of Music.
Patron tickets are $50 for all four concerts.
Individual concerts are $15 each. For tickets and information, call 502-852-6907 or visit the School of Music website here.