Violin, piano recital set for Sept. 20 at Eureka College
September 20 - 7:30 PM - McCallister Hall
Violinist Marcia Henry Liebenow and pianist Richard Syracuse will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in McCallister Hall in the Chapel at Eureka College. The free performance will be followed by a reception. For more information, call 467-6399.
The program will feature the well-known “Spring” sonata by Beethoven; Brahms’ “Sonata in D Minor, Op. 108;” and the “Suite Populaire Espagnole” by Manuel de Falla.
Liebenow teaches violin, viola and chamber music at Bradley University, Peoria. She has been concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra since1992. She is a soloist and chamber musician and has toured extensively in the United States and throughout Europe, including as soloist with the Samara Philharmonic Symphony in Russian and as primo violino at the Orvieto Musica in Italy. Her CD recording of the Grieg violin sonatas with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi was released last fall on the Centaur label. In 2006 ArtsPartners of Central Illinois honored her for her creative contribution to the area, and in 2003 she was named the outstanding studio teacher by the Illinois American String Teachers’ Association. She received the College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni Award in Music from Ohio University this year.
Syracuse teaches piano, keyboard literature and accompanying at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. He is a soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and jazz musician and has toured extensively in the United Sates, Canada, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He has won numerous international piano competitions, including the Queen Elizabeth of Belgium, the Alfredo Casella and the Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and he received the New York Concert Artists’ Guild Award. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music. As a Fulbright Scholar he studied at the St. Cecilia Academy of Music in Rome, where he received an artist diploma.
The duo also will present the recital as part of the Music Scholarship Concert Series at Bradley University at 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and at Ohio University and for the Fairmont Chamber Music Series in West Virginia in October.
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