Instructor to Give Violin Recital

The Eastern Mennonite University music department will present a violin recital by Maria Lorcas, instructor in the Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music program, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Martin Chapel of the seminary building at EMU.

Ms. Lorcas will be joined by Lori Piitz, piano; Ed Gant, cello; and Pedro Aponte, cuatro, in performing Sonata No. 5 “Spring” for piano and violin by Ludwig von Beethoven, Havanaise by Camille Saint-Saens, three short pieces by Fritz Kreisler and two pieces from Lorcas’ native country, Venezuela.

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Maria Lorcas is in her fourth year as violin instructor in EMU’s Preparatory Music Program. She began her undergraduate studies in Venezuela, later receiving her bachelors and masters degrees in violin performance from Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon universities, respectively.

Ms. Lorcas has performed extensively in both Venezuela and the United States. She has been concertmaster of Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Symphony, Venezuela, first violinist in the Simon Bolivar Symphony, Venezuela, and with the Wheeling, Westmoreland and Altoona (PA) Symphonies. More recently she has performed with the Shenandoah Bach Festival and in orchestras in Charlottesville and Lexington.

Lorcas is a trained Suzuki violin teacher and has been teaching privately and coaching orchestra strings since 1993.

Admission to the recital is free. Donations are welcome for the Shenandoah Valley Preparatory Music program.