The program will feature transcriptions of four Johannes Brahms’ compositions by various composers. A transcription is an arrangement of a musical composition for some instrument or voice other than the original. The program includes: Sonatensatz - Scherzo Op. posthumous by Valter Despalj; Sonata in D Major Op. 78 (originally in G Major for violin) by Brahms; Sonata in A Major Op. 100 by Laszlo Varga; and Sonata in E Flat Major Op.120, No.2 by Parker.
A Haymon Professor of Music, Parker teaches cello and string chamber music at the Louisiana State University School of Music, while Morita teaches piano as an associate professor of music at McNeese.
Parker is a recipient of an ATLAS ((Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) grant from the Louisiana Board of Regents, which funded the production of three independent CD recording projects.
He studied at the Juilliard School and received his degrees from Indiana and Yale universities. Prior to his tenure at LSU, Parker served as principal cellist of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Inspired by a variety of musical activity, Parker - a native of New York City - performs frequently as a soloist, recitalist, collaborator and guest professor at universities and festivals throughout the United States and abroad. Recent tours have taken him to Asia, South and Central America, and Eastern and Western Europe. He is actively involved in the expansion of the existing cello repertoire and has transcribed many works for his instrument.
A native of Brazil, Morita has performed as a concerto soloist throughout the world, including the U.S., Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, France and the Czech Republic.
In 2013, she made her Carnegie Hall debut along with Parker. Morita has taught master classes and performed recitals at Tulane University, Sam Houston State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Louisiana State University, University of Tennessee, Colorado State University as well as performed with the Lake Charles Symphony, the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra and the Washington Sinfonietta in Washington, D.C.
Morita received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University, her Master of Music degree from Rice University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance and literature from the Eastman School of Music.
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