The program, "Ysaÿe Connections: French/Belgian Music for Violin and Piano," will feature: "Sonate posthume pour violon et piano" by Maurice Ravel, "Rȇverie et Caprice, Op. 8" by Hector Berlioz; "Sonate en Sol pour violon et piano" by Guillaume Lekeu; and "Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de valse, Op. 52" by Camille Saint-Saëns/Eugene Ysaÿe.
Born in Shanghai, China, He began his musical training at age 5. He received his doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music and has previously taught at Eastman and Pennsylvania State University. He is currently president of the Louisiana String Teachers' Association and is serving as the acting concertmaster of the Baton Rouge Symphony.
As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed concertos with the Drake Symphony, the Houghton Philharmonic, the Jiang Su Symphony, the Louisiana Sinfonietta and the Southern Tier Symphony. He has also presented recitals at universities across the United States as well as China.
As an orchestral player, he has performed with the Shanghai Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and New World Symphony and has also been featured on several live radio broadcasts and on the CD set of "The Complete Musician."
Morita, assistant professor of music, teaches piano and received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, Master of Music degree from Rice University and her doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in piano performance and literature.
She has performed in various solo and chamber music venues across the United States and abroad. She has performed with the Lake Charles Symphony, Tulane University, Sam Houston State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., and the Académie Internationale Musicale d'Été de Nice in France.
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