Alexander-Soares Duo Concert Is Jan. 24

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The UTC Music Department will present the Alexander-Soares Duo, featuring guest artists James Alexander on violin and Luciana Soares on piano. The performance will take place in Cadek Recital Hall, 725 Oak St., on Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. The performance is presented free of charge and open to the general public. 

This concert features Mr. Alexander and Ms. Soares performing music by Brazilian composer Liduino Pitombeira, Karol Szymanowski, and UTC composer Jonathan McNair, who is coordinating and hosting the concert.  

Formed in 2005, the Alexander-Soares Duo has performed and taught in many venues both in the United States and internationally. Recent engagements include performances and master-classes in Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Salvador, to name a few, where they were noted for giving “a brilliant performance, marked by technical refinement, sense of ensemble, and sophisticated interpretation” (O Norte, João Pessoa, Brazil). Their debut recording is available on the Centaur Records label, featuring the five sonatas for violin and piano by accomplished Brazilian composer Liduino Pitombeira, whose work has been performed by several orchestras and symphonies.

Mr. Alexander is an American violinist who enjoys an international career as a teacher, soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. He currently heads the String Program at Nicholls State University and, teaches and performs at the String Quartet Symposium in Ernen, Switzerland. In addition, he is on the faculty of the CIVEBRA International Summer Course in Brazil. Mr. Alexander has also been broadcast on radio and TV and was awarded The Diploma of Excellence for his significant contributions to Romanian music. Recently, he was invited as a guest artist to the Offenberg Festival in Germany.

Ms. Soares serves as associate professor of Music at Nicholls State University where she teaches applied piano, accompanying, and music theory courses. A Steinway Artist, Ms. Soares has performed extensively as soloist and collaborative pianist in the United States and abroad. Ms. Soares is strongly devoted to promoting the music of her native Brazil. Her accomplishments as a researcher and performer have led her to present lectures and recitals of Brazilian music at universities, concert series and conferences throughout the United States. Ms. Soares has received several awards and frequently collaborates with artists in the south. She is an avid chamber musician, recording artist and advocate of new music. Ms. Soares maintains an active schedule as guest clinician and adjudicator, and is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

This concert is presented with the support of the UTC Speakers and Special Events Fund, and the UTC Department of Music.  For more information, contact Mr. McNair at 425-4679. If you require additional information regarding any other UTC Music Department performance, please call the Music office at 425-4601 or visit http://utc.edu/music.

When attending a performance at Cadek Recital Hall, please keep in mind to park in the covered parking deck and not in the spaces which are reserved for Cadek Conservatory/WUTC, to avoid being ticketed.

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