Saturday, September 20, 2008

William Grant Still's 'Summerland' Will Be on 'In My Own Voice' by Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Violin

Violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins will soon release In My Own Voice, a CD on which she will be joined by Anna Reinersman, harp and Craig Ketter, piano. Works on the CD are: Kreisler Recitativ and Scherzo for Violin Solo; Suk Liebslied; Ysaye Ballade; Bach Chaconne; William Grant Still Summerland; David Baker Ethnic Variations on a Theme of Paganini. Kelly's Website is

In addition to her performing career, she is Founder and Director of Music Kitchen, whose Mission is:
To bring top emerging and established professional musicians together in order to share the inspirational, therapeutic, and uplifting power of music with New York City’s disenfranchised homeless shelter residents.” The violinist's website offers audio samples from the forthcoming CD, including William Grant Still's Summerland (2:23).
Kelly Hall-Tompkins is one of New York City's most in-demand violinists, whose dynamic career spans solo, chamber, and orchestral performance. Ms. Hall-Tompkins was winner of a 2003 Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize as well as a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant in 1996, leading to numerous solo recitals in New York and the surrounding area. In the winter of 2007, Ms. Hall-Tompkins was invited by actress Mia Farrow and conductor George Matthew to be soloist in Carnegie Hall for a Benefit for the Victims of Darfur, hosted by Ms. Farrow. [William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at

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