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SOUTHEASTERN STRING ORCHESTRA
TO FEATURE GUEST VIOLINIST MAY 3
HAMMOND -- The Southeastern Louisiana
University Chamber Orchestra will present “Spring Strings,” a concert showcasing
the university’s string players, May 3 at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The free concert, scheduled for
7:30 p.m., will feature award-winning young Russian violinist Yuri Zhislin,
who will join the orchestra in Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” said conductor
Yakov Voldman, director of the music and dramatic arts department’s string
“This is a very special day for
the string players in our music and dramatic arts department,” Voldman
said. “It is the first time after many years that we are performing as
a string orchestra – all string musicians, without the wind instruments.
It is a great opportunity to show off our best string players, in both
chamber ensemble and orchestra settings.”
Voldamn said that among the approximately
two dozen orchestra members performing in the May 3 concert are four graduating
seniors – Ausra Jasineviciute, viola; Oscar Everald Martinez and Alexandru
Ureche, violin and Natalia Vacarciuc, cello – who will be performing
in their final Southeastern concert.
“I am very happy because they
accomplished their goals and have been accepted into the best graduate
schools in the United States,” Voldman said, “but I am sad to see them
leaving us because they have become like my children. I hope everything
that they learned here will help them in their career and in their life.”
Voldman said the concert is dedicated
to the campus and community friends who have helped the Southeastern string
program's many international students feel at home in the United States.
"The success of the string program would not be possible without their
support," he said.
Voldman thanked Southeastern President
Randy Moffett, Provost John Crain, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Tammy Bourg, Music and Dramatic Arts Department Head David Evenson, Gina
and George Anthon, Lauren Becnel, Susan Berdahl, John and Brenda Braud,
Faye and Phelan Bright, Cheryl Brothers, Freda Green, Jeff and Donna Hathorn,
Lila and Thomas Hogan, Michael and Denise Holly, Richard and Davi Keller,
Deanna Middleton, John and Ruth Miller, Mary Nelson, Ken and Toni Nershi,
Virginia Romero, and Deborah Valenti.
The concert will also feature
a sinfonia by Luigi Boccherini and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s “Octet in E.
Flat Major, Op. 20,” which will be performed by a chamber ensemble including
Ureche, Jasineviciute, Vacarciuc, Valentin Nicolaescu, Serban Petrescu,
Emanuela Lacraru, Simina Renea, and Floreta Ioana Velicu.
Born in Moscow in 1974, Zhislin
began playing violin at the age of six, joining the Moscow Music Gnessin
School for gifted children. From his early years, he took part in numerous
public concerts, representing the school both in Russia and abroad.
A major prize-winner in the 1991
Sarasate International Violin Competition in Spain, Zhislin entered the
Royal College of Music in London, winning major college prizes, including
the prize for an outstanding string player of the year. As a member of
the college’s Rosamunde Quartet, he won chamber music prizes and toured
extensively throughout the United Kingdom.
In 1993 Zhislin became the BBC
Radio Two Young Musician of the Year. His competition awards include the
Malcolm Sargent Award, the Douai International Violin Competition in France
and Special Prize for the best performance of the Mozart Violin Sonata
at the Premio Trio di Trieste Chamber Music Competition in Italy.
Zhislin has soloed with many
ensembles and orchestras, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London
Mozart Players, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and orchestras in Switzerland,
Germany, Austria, France and Spain. He is regularly invited to participate
in international music festivals throughout the world and has broadcasted
on BBC Radio Three, Radio Dos Clasico (Spain) and several other European
and American networks.
A dedicated chamber musician,
Zhislin led the Russian Chamber Orchestra of London from its debut 1998
until 2002. He was appointed Principal First Violin of the London Mozart
Players in October 1997. In August 2000, he co-founded and became the artistic
director of the Evaristo Valle International Chamber Music Festival in
For additional information about
the concert, contact the music and dramatic arts department, 985-549-2184.