Acclaimed violinist in free recital at Liverpool UMC

Irina Muresanu, with Robert Auler on the piano, will present a recital of violin sonatas at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 8 at Liverpool First United Methodist Church. This free event is part of Joyful Noise: Concert Series for the Community.

"This young violinist has already built an international reputation for her expressive interpretations of some of the standard literature and for her intricate technical presentation," James O. Welsch, Joyful Noise artistic director, said. "It's a rare opportunity for our audience to hear an artist of such accomplishment perform in an intimate setting."

Muresanu has won top prizes in international violin competitions, including the Montreal International, Queen Elizabeth Violin, UNISA International String, Washington International, and the Schadt String Competitions.

She is the winner of the Pro Musicis International Award, the Presser Music Award, and the Arthur Foote Award from the Harvard Musical Association.

The Boston Globe has praised her as " not just a virtuoso, but an artist", and the Los Angeles Times has written that her "musical luster, melting lyricism and colorful conception made Irina Muresanu's performance especially admirable."

Strad Magazine called her Carnegie-Weill Hall performance " a first-rate recital." Recent engagements as soloist include concerts with the Boston Pops, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Syracuse Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra (Montreal), the Boston Philharmonic, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, and the Miami Symphony Orchestra.

Robert Auler returns to the Joyful Noise series, having opened this season with a recital of American music that he recently recorded on a CD titled "American Century." He is a classically trained pianist who has performed in Carnegie Hall and has been the featured performer at several music festivals and concerts throughout the country and in Europe. He is a professor of music at SUNY Oswego.

Welsch, a professor of theory, composition and conducting at Syracuse University's Setnor School of Music, says that this concert will appeal to everyone in the community, and it will have special resonance for students. "This is an opportunity for young musicians to become inspired by hearing a level of artistry they might not have yet imagined for themselves," he said.

All are welcome, and ample free parking is available in the lot behind the church, where the main entrance is. For information call 457-5180.

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