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Music at St. Paul’s presents violinist Gareth Johnson, with Tao Lin, piano in concert

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Music at St. Paul’s presents violinist Gareth Johnson, with Tao Lin, piano in concert

Time: February 6, 2011 from 3pm to 7pm
Location: St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Mary Kate Leming
Latest Activity: Jan 18, 2011

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Music at St. Paul’s presents violinist Gareth Johnson, with Tao Lin, piano in concert

Sunday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m.

            One of South Florida’a rising stars, violinist Gareth Johnson, will be joined by pianist Tao Lin in performance at historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 188 S. Swinton Avenue in Delray Beach, on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.  The artists will play a program of favorites and showpieces from the violin repertoire, including Ernest Chausson’s 1896 Poème, Op.25, Fritz Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro, two works by the Spanish virtuoso Pablo de Sarasate, the Zapateado, Op.23, and Zigeunerweisen, Op.20; Jules Massenet’s popular “Meditation” from the opera Thaïs, and Maurice Ravel’s thrilling rhapsody, the Tzigane for Violin and Piano. 

Gareth Johnson took up the violin at age 10, after hearing famed violinist Itzhak Perlman. The New York Times said of Mr. Johnson that he “possesses prodigious musical gifts – like Joshua Bell or Maxim Vengerov…he dominates the stage.” A graduate of Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music, Gareth was a student of Elmar Oliveira. Having won numerous competitions and prizes throughout the United States and Europe, Gareth is the senior winner of the 2010 Sphinx competition, and he has appeared throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia as soloist with major symphony orchestras and in recital, and on live broadcasts nationwide. In addition to his talents as a classical violinist, Mr. Johnson is a devoted composer and arranger of other music forms. He works frequently as artist-in-residence, master instructor, and consultant to various universities, communities, and school districts around the world.  His album Storytelling is available from Amazon.com.

Chinese-American pianist Tao Lin’s appearances in Asia, North America and Europe have brought unanimous critical accolades for his intimate pianism and brilliant technique. A versatile musician, he is equally at home as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Born into a musical family in Shanghai, he began piano lessons at the age of four. After moving to the United States, Mr. Lin continued his active concert activities. As a soloist, he has performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony, Miami Chamber Orchestra, Knoxville Civic Orchestra, University of Miami Symphony, Harid Philharmonia, and Lynn Philharmonia. He has appeared in concerts with  the Miami, Bergonzi, Alcon, Rosalyra, and St. Petersburg String Quartets. A regular guest artist at numerous music festivals, Mr. Lin is currently Professor of Collaborative Piano at  Lynn University, and is on the chamber music faculty at Bowdoin International Music Festival. Mr. Lin has recorded for Piano Lovers, Romeo, Artek, and Poinciana labels.  He is represented by Lisa Sapinkopf Artist Management.

            St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has sponsored Music at St. Paul’s with its monthly concert series featuring world class musicians for 23 years. There is a requested donation of $15 for general seating, and preferred seating, the front center rows, is available for $18. Seats may be reserved online at www.stpaulsdelray.org or by calling Music at St. Paul’s at 561-278-6003. A $5 donation is requested from students.

For additional information please contact:

            Dr. Keith Paulson-Thorp, Director of Music

            St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

            188 S. Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444

            drkeith@stpaulsdelray.org 561-278-6003, Fax (561) 276-0304              

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