Thursday, September 11, 2008

Samuel Thompson Plays William Grant Still's 'Suite for Violin and Piano' in Ashtabula Sept. 18

[Samuel Thompson; Photo by Yvonne Rabdau, 2008]
Violinist Samuel Thompson In Concert Thursday, September 18, 2008, 7:30 p.m., Kent State University Ashtabula Auditorium. Please join us for an interview with the artist at 6:30. Praised for his musical intelligence, focus and sensitivity, violinist Samuel Thompson became the subject of international media attention in 2005 for performing in the New Orleans Basketball Arena at the request of a fellow evacuee during Hurricane Katrina. This has resulted in many firsts for this young artist, including invitations to perform on recital series, at festivals and as soloist with orchestras both in the United States and abroad.

Samuel Thompson
September 10, 2008
A New Season
Sometimes I have to wonder if my life's karma includes dealing with tropical disturbances, considering that all of the places in which I have lived are in the throes of hurricane season...Nevertheless, as the summer closes and seasons open, I am excited to open the 2008-2009 season in Ashtabula, Ohio on September 18, 2008 in the first recital on the Kent State-Ashtabula Classical Concert Series. This performance, to be played with pianist William Shaffer, includes Mozart's Sonata in A Major, K. 526, William Grant Still's Suite for Violin and Piano, Arthur Foote's Sonata in G Minor, Op. 20, and short pieces by Ole Bull and Fritz Kreisler. Should anyone be in the Cleveland/Ashtabula area, it would be a pleasure to have you in the audience! [William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at]

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