Guest violinist Timothy Steeves and faculty pianist Jani Parsons will perform in recital on Monday, March 12, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Their program, entitled “Deviations,” presents music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Steven Stucky, Sergei Prokofiev, and George Gershwin.
Canadian violinist Timothy Steeves was recently named Acting Associate Concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he served as Concertmaster for the world-premiere recording of Darius Milhaud’s Oresteia of Aeschylus, which was nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Opera Recording. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University under the tutelage of Cho-Liang Lin.
Jani Parsons is an award-winning Canadian pianist and teacher who this year is serving Baylor University as Lecturer in Piano. Dr. Parsons is an active collaborator, having performed with members of Bang On A Can All-stars, New Music Detroit, Eighth Blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Fifth House Ensemble, and members of the Detroit and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. She holds degrees from the Vancouver Academy of Music, the University of Michigan, and the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music.
Their Baylor program will open with Mozart’s Violin Sonata No. 18 in G major, K. 301, a two-movement work that the great Austrian master wrote at Mannheim, Germany, in 1778.
Next, they will play the three-movement Sonata for Violin and Piano from 2013 by the late Steven Stucky, who graduated from Baylor university in 1971 with a degree in music composition.
Also to be heard in the Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 80, by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, a four-movement work dating from 1946.
Closing the program will be American composer George Gershwin’s Three Preludes for Piano from 1926, as arranged for violin and piano by the brilliant violinist Jascha Heifetz in 1942.
This recital is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.