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VIRGINIA CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
47th Season

David Grandis, Music Director

Featured Guest Artists for 47th season


Teri Lazar, violin
July 5, 2017  


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Teri Lazar, violinist, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Lazar performs with the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery of Art String Quartet. Recently, the Quartet performed to great acclaim at the Musica Sacra festival in Ecuador. The Quartet has performed with noted pianists Menahem Pressler and Miceal O’Rourke, and with guitarist Roland Dyens.

The Quartet has recorded for the Living Music, Arizona University Recordings, Amcam and AmeriMusic labels. A collection of Christmas music, which they edited, has been published under the imprint of G. Schirmer, Inc. West Virginia Public Television and Chinese National Television have also featured the Sunrise Quartet in a one-hour TV show “A Musical Bridge to China” broadcast. Performances by the Quartet have been broadcast for National Public Radio’s Performance Today, What Makes it Great, and Front Row Washington.

In addition to her work with the Quartet she has recorded chamber music for the Albany, Klavier, North/South Recordings, Plucked String, and Centaur labels and has been heard on National Public Radio’s Performance Today program.

She received a Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, from the Catholic University of America. She continued her studies at Catholic University with Robert Gerle and received a Master of Music and a Doctorate of Music degree in violin performance. Dr. Lazar is currently on the faculty of the American University where she teaches violin and is Musician in Residence. She is currently the Concertmaster of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. She has performed at the Spoleto festival in the USA and in Italy and she toured Europe twice with the New York group, Amor Artis.



Osman Kivrak, viola and composer
July 5, 2017  


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Osman Kivrak, violist, was a winner of the National Scholarship Competition in Turkey, the Baltimore Chamber Music Awards, the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards, the Culver (California) Chamber Music Competition and of three Maryland National Parks and Planning Commission Awards. He performs with the Sunrise Quartet and the National Gallery of Art String Quartet. Recently, the Quartet performed to great acclaim at the Musica Sacra festival in Ecuador. The Quartet has performed with noted pianists Menahem Pressler and Miceal O’Rourke, and with guitarist Roland Dyens.

The Quartet has recorded for the Living Music, Arizona University Recordings, Amcam and AmeriMusic labels. A collection of Christmas music, which they edited, has been published under the imprint of G. Schirmer, Inc. West Virginia Public Television and Chinese National Television have also featured the Sunrise Quartet in a one-hour TV show “A Musical Bridge to China” broadcast. Performances by the Quartet have been broadcast for National Public Radio’s Performance Today, What Makes it Great and Front Row Washington.

He received a Master of Music and Doctorate of Music degree from the Catholic University of America. Before coming to the United States, he received his Bachelor of Music from Gazi University in Turkey and studied at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

He has also performed at the Spoleto Festival in the USA and Italy and he has toured Europe a number of times as a chamber music player with other groups. His works have been performed in Washington DC at the Kennedy Center, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress and throughout the United States and in Turkey as well as on National Public Radio. Formerly a professor at the Izmir State Conservatory in Turkey, Dr. Kivrak currently teaches viola and chamber music at American University where he is Musician in Residence.



Robert Aubry Davis, Narrarator
October 22, 2017  


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Television and radio personality Robert Aubry Davis is a native Washingtonian and an active member of the area’s cultural community.

Davis is the creator and host of “Millennium of Music,” a program dedicated to music from the thousand years before Bach. The program is carried by more than 100 public radio stations nationwide. He has been host and moderator of WETA TV 26’s Emmy Award-winning weekly arts discussion program, “Around Town,” since its inception in 1986. Davis can also be heard on Vox, XM Satellite Radio’s opera and classical vocal music channel.

His education in literature and art history at both Duke University and American University and his broad knowledge of—and participation in—the arts make him a well-respected and visible member of Washington’s cultural community. He is a regular lecturer at a variety of area seminars and performances, including concerts with the Folger Consort, the Baltimore Consort, the Early Music Series at the University of Maryland, the Dumbarton Oaks Concert Series and the Smithsonian Early Music Series.



Mark Malecki, painter
October 22, 2017  


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Mark Malecki has studied Asian art at the Art League School in Alexandria Virginia, The Workhouse Art Center in Lorton, the Sakura Salon in Tokyo and the Academy of Fine Arts, Hangzhou China. He has also studied watercolor and pastel painting at the Art League School in Alexandria, Va.

Artist Statement:

With background in both Western Art and Asian Art, I like to fuse elements of both artistic traditions. This may include Asian subject matter and color schemes, on Western watercolor or pastel methods. Sometimes I combine Western-style light and shadow on the subject, but against a minimalistic background, or with Asian-inspired compositions. Also, I will do the reverse, namely, making Asian sumi-e and Japanese mineral pigment (also known as Nihonga) of uniquely American subject matter.



Brian Ganz, piano
Benefit Recital, January 12, 2018  


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Brian Ganz is widely recognized as one of the leading pianists ofhis generation. A Laureate of the Marguerite Long JacquesThibaud and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium International Piano Competitions, Mr. Ganz has appeared with such orchestras as the St. Louis Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, National Philharmonic, National Symphony and City of London Sinfonia.

He has performed with conductors Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Mstislav Rostropovich and Leon Fleischer, among others. The Washington Post has written: “One comes away from a recital by pianist Brian Ganz not only exhilarated by the power of the performance but also moved by his search for artistic truth.”

For many years Mr. Ganz has made it his mission to join vivid music making with warmth and intimacy on stage to produce a new kind of listening experience, in which great works come to life with authentic emotional power. As one of Belgium’s leading newspapers, La Libre Belgique, put it, “We don’t have the words to speak of this fabulous musician who lives music with a generous urgency and brings his public into a state of intense joy.”


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