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McNeese presents guest artist recitals

McNeese presents guest artist recitals

Lin HeCarrollGregory Sioles
Pictured left to right: Lin He - Violinist, Constance Carroll - Pianist and Gregory Sioles - Pianist. 

(March 1, 2013) The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present free back-to-back guest artists recitals featuring faculty from the Louisiana State University School of Music March 8-9 in the Shearman Fine Arts Performing Arts Theatre.

On Friday, March 8, the recital will feature violinist Lin He and pianist Constance Carroll at 7:30 p.m. Their program will feature "Sonatina in A minor, Op. post. 137. No. 2" by Franz Schubert, "Apres un Reve," "Sicilienne, Op. 78" from "Pelleas et Melisande" and "Romance, Op. 28" by Gabriel Faure, "Sonata for Violin and Piano in G major" by Maurice Ravel and "Suite of Spanish Folksongs" by Manuel de Falla, arranged by Paul Kochanski.

On Saturday, March 9, the recital will feature pianist Gregory Sioles at 7:30 p.m. His program will include "Partita in B flat Major, BWV 825" by J.S. Bach, "Images, Book II" by Claude Debussy, "16 Waltzes, Op. 39" by Johannes Brahms and "Change(s) for Madame Laveau" by Brett William Dietz.

Born in Shanghai, China, He received his doctorate degree from the Eastman School of Music and has previously taught at his alma mater and Pennsylvania State University. He currently is an assistant professor of violin at LSU and president of the Louisiana String Teachers' Association. 

As a soloist and chamber musician, He has performed concertos with the Drake Symphony, the Houghton Philharmonic, the Jiang Su Symphony and the Louisiana Sinfonietta, and as an orchestral player, he has performed with the Shanghai, Boston and New World symphonies. He has also presented recitals at universities across the United States as well as China. Most recently, he performed solo recitals and gave master classes at Arizona State University, Florida State University, Pennsylvania State University, San Diego State University and Tulane University. 

A native of Arizona, Carroll has received acclaim for her performances as a recitalist, chamber musician and as an orchestral soloist. She received her degrees from the University of Arizona and the Eastman School of Music. As a Fulbright scholar, she studied for a year in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. She has taught at LSU and was artist-in-residence at Centenary College in Shreveport for 21 years. At LSU, she was the first recipient of the Barineau Professorship of Keyboard Studies and was honored with an Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Sioles, an assistant professor of piano at LSU, holds the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Master of Music degree from Indiana University, where he was both a fellowship recipient and, subsequently a guest lecturer in piano for five years. More recently, he has taught on the faculties of the University of Maryland, the Peabody Conservatory and the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. 

He has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including an Atwater Kent Grand Prize and a Fulbright Scholarship for study in London. He has performed on three continents at such venues as the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Purcell Room on London's South Bank, Berlin's Amerika Haus and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in China. Sioles has been a featured artist on National Public Radio and is active as a recitalist, chamber musician and a soloist with orchestras, including the Louisiana Sinfonietta.

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