Southeastern Chamber Orchestra to feature world renowned violinist Ilya Kaler

Monday, April 11, 2016 Ilya Kaler
by: Rene Abadie

RENOWNED VIOLINIST TO PERFORM – Performances by internationally-recognized violinist Ilya Kaler will highlight the Southeastern Louisiana University’s Chamber Orchestra spring concert scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 25. The concert will be held at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.

     HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University Chamber Orchestra’s Spring Concert, scheduled Monday, April 25, will feature world-renowned violinist Ilya Kaler, a three-time gold medal winner at international competitions.
     The concert will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in downtown Hammond. General admission tickets are $12; $8 faculty, staff and seniors; Southeastern students are admitted free with their student ID card and kids 12 and under are also free. Tickets are available at the Columbia Theatre box office at 220 East Thomas St., at, or at the door on the night of the concert. Call 985-543-4371 for ticket information.
     “We are very excited to have Maestro Kaler as the featured guest soloist at our Spring Concert,” said Southeastern Professor and Conductor Yakov Voldman. “He is the very definition of a world-class violin virtuoso.”
     Kaler has won gold medals at three of the world’s prestigious violin competitions: the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Sibelius Competition in Helsinki, and the Paganini Competition in Genoa. Currently professor of violin at the DePaul University School of Music in Chicago, the Russian-born artist has made solo appearances with distinguished orchestras throughout the world, including the Leningrad, Moscow and Dresden philharmonic orchestras, as well as many of the major American orchestras.
     A graduate of the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow State Conservatory, he has held teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. and the Indiana University School of Music in Bloomington.
     The concert will open with Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Four Violins in B Minor, Op. 3, and No.10,” featuring Kaler with students Guillermo Salas-Suarez of Costa Rica, Michael Levytskyi and Mark Paylyuk, both of Ukraine.  Kaler will also perform Vivaldi’s, “Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor, No. 61” with alumna Zorica Dimova of Bulgaria, a member of Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and an instructor at Southeastern.
     The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor BMW 1043” featuring Kaler and students Sungkyung Woo of South Korea and Andrian Harabaru of Moldova.
     At the end of the first half, the orchestra will perform Luigi Boccherini’s “Sinfonia No. 6 in D Minor Op. 12, No. 4 – La Casa del diavolo.”
     After intermission Kaler will perform Brahms’ “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77,” which is considered one of the greatest violin concertos ever written, Yakov said.    
     For more information, contact the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at 985-549-2184.

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