Renowned Violinist to Perform at The University of Scranton

03/03/11

Performance Music at The University of Scranton will host a recital by renowned violinist Annamae Goldstein, accompanied by pianist Christopher Oldfather, on Sunday, March 13. The performance begins at 3 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

Goldstein earned her Master of Music at The Julliard School in 1988 and for the past 21 years has been a violinist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. She has also performed as part of the smaller group, the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Ensemble under the direction of James Levine. As a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Goldstein has had the opportunity to play on numerous recordings and television broadcasts with the company, including a Grammy-award-winning recording of Wagner’s “Die Walkure.” She has also performed on the group’s critically acclaimed recordings of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” and Beethoven’s “3rd Symphony.”

In addition to her work with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble, Goldstein is also a founding member of and violinist for the IRIS String Quartet and a member of Musica Amici. The IRIS String Quartet has performed throughout the United States. Musica Amici has performed in New York and throughout the eastern United States.

A committed teacher and community activist, Goldstein has taught at the Trevor Day School as well as the French Woods summer music program. As a board member of the New York City philanthropic organization Pathways to Housing, she directs the organization’s music fund-raising program.

Accompanying Goldstein will be widely known pianist Christopher Oldfather. Since his recital debut in Carnegie Hall in New York in 1986, Oldfather has performed throughout the world as a freelance musician. He has appeared as a soloist with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Germany. His experiences have led him to perform on virtually every type of keyboard ever made, including the Chromelodeon, an experimental, color-coded reed organ developed by instrument creator Harry Partch. He is best known for his expertise on the harpsichord and as a leading advocate for the performance of 20th century music for more than 30 years. Oldfather has been a member of Boston’s Collage New Music since 1979, and New York’s Parnassus since 1997. In 1990, he was nominated for two Grammy Awards for his recording of Elliot Carter’s violin-piano duo with violinist Robert Mann.

For more information on this event, contact Cheryl Y. Boga, director of Performance Music at The University of Scranton, at (570) 941-7624, music@scranton.edu,or visit www.scranton.edu/music.


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