The Jack H. Miller building on Hope College’s campus will be hosting a program on Saturday, April 22, that includes mu sic “From Bach to Broadway.”
Pieces played throughout the concert will feature works for the violin and piano or harpsichord. Dr. Mihai Craioveanu, violinist and professor of music at Hope, will be per forming alongside Dr. Irina Kats, who is part of the piano faculty at Levine School of Mu sic in Washington, D.C.
Works will include “Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in E-minor, BWV 1023” by Johann Sebastian Bach, “Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor, No. 3, Op. 45” by Edvard Grieg and popular Broadway selections arranged for violin and piano from “Yankee Doodle,” “Porgy and Bess,” “West Side Story” and “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Kats will also be addressing her professional experiences in the music industry for students throughout her stay on cam pus.
Craioveanu, who has per formed in concert and at well known music festivals across the world, has been described as “stunning and brilliant” by the prestigious magazine The Strad, regarding his musical work. Many American com posers have written pieces for him that he has performed as world premieres, because of his enjoyment of contemporary music.
While on a concert tour of Spain, Craioveanu’s debut album, “Introducing Violinist Mihai Craioveanu,” was released. Along with guest concerts and master classes at several major music schools, he has been invited to present lectures, concerts, master classes and judge competitions at both regional and national conferences of the American String Teacher Association and Music Teacher National Association.
The University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, and the Guildhall School for Music and Drama in London were the main education institutions Craioveanu studied at. He also received fellowships to study at the International Summer Music Institute at the Franz Liszt Conservatory in Weimar, Ger many, and the International Youth Music Festival in Brus sels, Belgium.
Kats’ career is comprised of being a piano soloist, chamber musician and teacher. The Washington Post wrote that she is a “splendidly able accompanist with considerable emotional powers.”
Russia, Kats’ native country, is where her music education started and she graduated with honors from Astrakhan Conservatory, while studying with Vasily Pavlov, the renowned pianist and pedagogue. She finished her studies in the post graduate program at Kazan Conservatory, receiving a doctorate in pedagogy and piano performance.
Afterwards, she joined the faculty at Astrakhan Conservatory and performed in Russia as a soloist and chamber musician for an extensive period. Some of her performances were televised or aired over the radio.
In 1998, Kats joined the Levine faculty and has since continued performing in the United States, appearing numerous times as a soloist and collaborative artist in Washington D.C.
Other performances have taken place at the Kennedy Center, Embassy Series and Corcoran Gallery, as well as Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Kats has also been a faculty member at the Illinois Chamber Music Festival since 2011, where she performed a broad chamber repertoire. There she also coached talented young musicians in their musical journeys.
Both accomplished musicians will be performing “From Bach to Broadway” with sup port from the Hope College Patrons for the Arts.
This concert will be starting at 7:30 p.m. in the main concert hall. Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend, with free admission for all.