CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 25, 2013 – The concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, violinist David Halen, will be the featured performer at the next concert in Southeast Missouri State University’s Sundays at Three series Dec. 8.
The performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.
“There is no recording that can capture the same feeling as music performed live in a beautiful acoustic” setting, Halen said.
Also performing will be guest artist Alla Voskoboynikova, who Halen says is “a wonderful artist originally from Russia.”
The main selection will be Beethoven’s “Kruetzer” sonata for violin and piano. Other composers, such as Mozart, will be included.
“I have been playing these works most of my life. There is a wonderful sense of discovery with every masterpiece. Like a great painting, you are always finding something you never heard before,” he said.
“As long as the audience keeps applauding, we will keep playing,” he added.
Halen began playing the violin at age six, and earned his bachelor’s degree at the age of 19. In that same year, he won the Music Teachers National Association Competition and was granted a Fulbright scholarship for study with Wolfgang Marschner at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik in Germany, the youngest recipient ever to have been honored with this prestigious award. Halen earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studying with Sergiu Luca. He was permanently named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony in September 1995, without audition, by the orchestra, and with the endorsement of then music directors Leonard Slatkin and Hans Vonk. He has soloed with the orchestra in the violin repertoire in many of the major concerts in the violin repertoire.
Alla VoskoboynikovaVoskoboynikova is an associate teaching professor of music and director of keyboard studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before moving to the United States in 1996, Voskoboynikova was a pianist and vocal coach at the Kiev Opera and Ballet Theater in Ukraine. She received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the Music College in Voronezh, Russia, and a master’s degree in piano performance from the Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow. She was an accompanist in the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994 and has performed numerous solo recitals along with chamber music concerts in several European countries. She performs extensively as a soloist and a collaborator, accompanying members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and coaching for the Union Avenue Opera Company as well as the Opera Theatre in St. Louis.
Tickets Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at RiverCampusEvents.com.