C4A hosting evening of classical string music

CHAMPAIGN — The Community Center for the Arts will present a free concert of classical string music at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Indi-Go Artist Co-op, 9 E. University Ave.

The program, part of the C4A Live at Indi-Go concert series, will highlight Romantic period music by European composers and feature performances by Sam Araya, Igor Kalnin, Amy Flores, Aaron Jacobs, Tatiana Shustova and several advanced students from Jacobs' studio.

Araya will play solo cello pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach and Gyorgy Ligeti, a 20th-century composer who used themes inspired by folk songs from his native Hungary.

Kalnin and Flores will perform the "Duo for Violin and Cello" by Zoltan Kodaly, a Hungarian composer and innovator of music education in the 20th century, who also drew strongly on the folk music of Hungary.

Jacobs will play two mazurkas by Henryk Wieniawski, a 19th-century Polish composer of technically flamboyant works for the violin.

Jacobs' students will play a variety of pieces by Romantic composers.

Araya plays cello with the Aduro trio. He teaches chamber music and music theory in the University of Illinois School of Music academy program for high school string players, as well as teaching cello at C4A.

Kalnin has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader. Since coming to the United States in 2004, he has served as a violin instructor at Yale University and a faculty member at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. He is currently the concertmaster of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and The Prairie Ensemble, co-concertmaster of Sinfonia da Camera and a faculty member at C4A.

Flores, principal cellist with Sinfonia, has performed as principal cellist and featured soloist with symphony orchestras in Florida and Illinois. She has taught and performed at summer festivals throughout the Midwest and taught at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universites, as well as C4A. She currently teaches cello, string methods and chamber music at Millikin University.

Jacobs performs locally with Sinfonia, CUSO, the Prairie Ensemble and the UI Symphony Orchestra. He coordinates the C4A String Academy and teaches individual lessons at the C4A, as well as coaching young musicians with the East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra. Two of Jacobs' students have recently won scholarships from the CU Symphony Orchestra to attend the Illinois Summer Youth Music Camp this year.

Shustova recently won first place in the American Protg Romantic Music International Competition and performed in New York City's Carnegie Weill Recital Hall in November as a result. She teaches piano at C4A.

C4A Live at Indi-Go concerts, which are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.c-4a.org or http://www.indi-go-art.com, email info@c-4a.org or call 384-5150.

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