Violin-Piano Duo Performing at EMU

“Duo Concertant,” two members of the music faculty at Penn State University, will give a recital 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Martin Chapel of the seminary building at EMU.

James Lyon, violinist, and Timothy Shafer, pianist, will play contrasting selections by Mozart, his “B-flat Sonata,” featuring embellished dialogue between piano and violin, and Beethoven’s “Kreutzer Sonata,” characterized by fiery virtuosity and musical one-upmanship between the two instruments.

The duo will also perform two smaller musical gems from the Far East – “Birds in Warped Time” by Somei Satoh, a piece of tranquil reflection, and Shuhu Xu’s “Song of the Fisherman,” a classic Chinese fish story of the big one that got away.

Lyon and Shafer first met at Penn State University in 1991, where they teach studio violin and studio piano, respectively. Lyon has appeared as soloist with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the Dallas Ballet and the Amarillo, Genesee, Hershey, Nittany Valley and Altoona symphonies.

Lyon is a graduate of West Texas State University, North Carolina School of the Arts and Eastman School of Music. He also has served on the faculties of the Eastern Music Festival, West Texas State University, and Indiana University Southeast, as well as summer appointments at The Quartet Program at Bucknell University and the University of Siena.

Shafer earned his undergraduate degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory and received masters and doctoral degrees in piano performance from Indiana University. He is an active performer, clinician, and adjudicator throughout the country for professional music organizations and colleges and is a frequent soloist with many regional orchestras.

Their performances have taken the musicians to South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong as well as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Their compact disc recording, “Outstanding in Our Field,” features works by Stravinsky, Debussy and Strauss. Their performances and recordings have been hailed by The New York Concert Review and Strings Magazine.

Admission to the program is free; donations are welcomed for the EMU music student scholarship fund.

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