May 02--LAS CRUCES -- Celebrated violinist Janet Sung closes the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra's 2014-15 Classics series with a pair of concerts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at New Mexico State University's Atkinson Music Center Recital Hall.
Sung, who plays a Maggini violin crafted in Brescia, Italy in the 1600s, has performed with top orchestras and at leading venues throughout the world, and her solo performances have been broadcast national and internationally, including on NPR's "Performance Today." She also performed the world premiere of Kenneth Fuchs' American Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra and tours with the American Chamber Players.
According to her website, janetsung.com, she was 7 when she began violin studies and debuted at age 9 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Her honors include the Passamaneck Award, winner of the Aspen Music Festival's Nakamichi Violin Competition, and top prizes and grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, National Federation of Music Clubs Competition and Cho Chang Tsung Foundation.
The New York City native graduated from Harvard University with a double degree in anthropology and music and also studied at The Juilliard School where she has also been a faculty member. She served as a Harvard University Clifton Visiting Artist for the "Learning from Performers" program.
"Janet is very active in educational outreach activities and will be meeting with string majors for a masterclass while she's here," said Lonnie Klein, LCSOs conductor, music director and NMSU music professor.
The program, the last in the six Classics concerts in what Klein has called a "meat and potatoes season" of audience favorites, features Felix Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin, Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" and Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 4.
"It's a great program and something the audience should enjoy," said Klein.
Dress rehearsals are open to the public Fridays before each pair of Classic Series concerts. The fee is $15, $5 for NMSU students with a valid ID and free for area students who get tickets from regional music teachers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. today and the rehearsal starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.
A limited number of tickets for concerts Saturday and Sunday are available at $45, $40 and $35.
Tickets are now on sale for the symphony's 2014-15 season. Read about the roster of Classics series artists and special LCSO events, including a disco themed pop concert, in Sunday's SunLife section.
For tickets to any of the symphony events, call 575-646-3709 or visit lascrucessymphony.com.
S. Derrickson Moore may be reached at 575-541-5450.
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