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Playing The Violin On The Silk Road

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Sunday, October 30, 2022 4pm

221 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423

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You are invited to the gala concert hosted by violinist and music faculty Mihai Craioveanu titled Playing the Violin on the Silk Road, featuring special guests from Japan, Greece, New York City , and Chicago, including one of the world's best Japanese koto players Masayo Ishigure who recorded John Williams' Grammy award winning soundtrack for the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha".

Dessert Reception: for the audience to meet the artists in the lobby immediately following the concert.

Program: The theme for this concert is the ancient Silk Road with its rich cultures and traditions connecting east and west for millenia. So I gathered representative original works and arrangements for violin in combination with instruments and people representing various cultures along this ancient trading route.The prorgram features 16 popular selections including the legendary Japanese song Sakura (Cherry Blossom), Haruno umi, and Kaizan's Prime Numbers, followed by Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto based on a Chinese folk legend, Armenian composer Khachaturian's famed Sabre Dance, Hubay's Arabian Lament, and Bloch's Jewish Aboda. The second half contains the European part of the Silk Road represented by Italy with works by Verdi (Drinking Song from opera La Traviata), Paganini's Cantabile, and Witches Dance, followed by the Greek islands songs and dances Poios Moro Poios, Ella na Pame, Armenaki, Samiotissa, closing with Mikis Theodorakis' famed Perigiali, and Zorba's Dance from the movie "Zorba the Greek".

Guest artists: Japanese koto virtuoso Masayo Ishigure, Greek singers Xrisoula and Demetris Timoleontos,  bouzouki virtuoso Agapitos Magkanaris, and Hope College music faculty violinist Mihai Craioveanu, pianist David Keep, guitarist David Martin, and Mark Lopez on drums


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