Monday, February 7, 2011

National Gallery of Art: Marcus Thompson & Judith Gordon in Music of Bach, Schumann, James Lee III & Enescu Feb. 13

[TOP: James Lee III, Composer BOTTOM: Marcus Thompson]

Marcus Thompson, violist
Judith Gordon, pianist
February 13, 6:30 p.m.
Music by J.S. Bach, Schumann, James Lee III, and Enescu
West Building Main Floor, West Garden Court

AfriClassical has written of violist Marcus Thompson playing music of William Grant Still (1895-1978), who is profiled at, in the Winter Festival of the Boston Chamber Music Society in January, 2010. We first wrote of James Lee III when the Detroit Symphony played one of his works at its annual Classical Roots concert series in 2009. He appeared again in AfriClassical several times in 2010 as his compositions were performed in a variety of venues.

MIT Faculty Bio
Marcus Thompson, violist, has appeared as soloist, recitalist, and in chamber music series throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Far East. He has been a soloist with the orchestras of Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Saint Louis; The National Symphony, the Boston Pops and the Czech National Symphony in Prague. He performed the West Coast Premiere of the Harbison Viola Concerto with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Chicago Premiere with the Chicago Sinfonietta, and recently gave the Boston Premiere with the New England Conservatory Honors Orchestra. In recent seasons he has received critical acclaim for performances of the Penderecki Viola Concerto with the MIT Symphony Orchestra in Boston, and London, U.K. He has been a guest of the Audubon, Borromeo, Cleveland, Emerson, Orion, Shanghai, and Vermeer String Quartets; and a frequent participant at chamber music festivals in Anchorage, Seattle, Sitka, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Dubrovnik and Okinawa.

“Born and raised in The Bronx, NYC, Mr. Thompson earned the doctorate degree at The Juilliard School. He currently lives in Boston where, as Robert R. Taylor Professor of Music, he heads programs in chamber music and performance studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the viola faculty at New England Conservatory of Music and violist and Artistic Director of the Boston Chamber Music Society.”

“James Lee III was born in St. Joseph, Michigan and completed a bachelors degree in piano, and a masters and doctorate degree in composition from the University of Michigan. Some of his primary teachers included William Bolcom, Bright Sheng, and Michael Daugherty. In 2002 James Lee III was a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in Lenox, MA. During that summer, Psalm 61 was premiered by members of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. There he studied with Steven Mackey, Michael Gandolfi, Kaija Saariaho, and conducting with Stefan Asbury. Dr. Lee has composed works that have been premiered in Michigan, Maryland, California, Indiana, Alabama, Minnesota, South Africa, Austria, and Japan. One of his most notable premieres was 'Beyond Rivers of Vision' premiered by Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra in the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in October 2006. In February 2007, Dr. Lee's trio 'Into Sonic Horizons' was premiered at Morgan State University during a faculty recital that was greeted with success.

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