Linda Rosenthal and Maria Allison

7:30 pm February 3, 2018 Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church

Classical violin and piano

Linda-RosenthalViolinist Linda Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia in recitals, as a soloist and as a chamber musician. For 21 years, she served as Artistic Director of Juneau Jazz & Classics, an annual festival that features internationally renowned jazz and classical artists. She is also Artistic Director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar for Adults in New York and Professor of Music at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska, where she makes her home.

Over the past decade Ms. Rosenthal has commissioned and premiered more than a dozen works, including pieces for solo violin, electric violin, violin and piano, violin and narrator, and Glacier Blue, a Concerto for Solo Violin and Big Band. Ms. Rosenthal’s solo CDs feature the sonatas of Copland, Piston and Porter, favorite violin encores and Fiddle de Bop, a lively collection of Americana music for violin and piano.

In addition to a busy schedule performing solo and chamber music, Ms. Rosenthal also tours Strings & Stories, a dynamic pairing of music and theater for audiences of all ages, which she created and premiered for the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 1995. Since its debut performance, she and Los Angeles actor Bill Blush have performed Strings & Stories for thousands of children in schools, libraries and theaters throughout the United States under the auspices of the Piatigorsky Foundation in New York City. PAS sponsored Strings & Stories for 500 local elementary students at KCHS in 2016.

Ms. Rosenthal plays on a violin made in Turin, Italy in 1772 by J. B. Guadagnini. She is married to Sitka violinist Paul Rosenthal.

 

Maria_AllisonMaria Allison received her Bachelor and Master degrees at the University of Nebraska/Lincoln, studying music education, piano performance and chamber music.

Ms. Allison began accompanying at age seven for her sister, a violinist, and soon was accompanying for school and church choirs. In college, she accompanied for vocal studios as well as instrumental recitals. Her interest in opera and musical theater at a young age took the form of being rehearsal pianist for numerous operas at UN/L and then later, in Alaska, teaching opera appreciation at KPC in both Soldotna and Homer. Additionally, she has served as rehearsal pianist, accompanist, and violinist or violist in pit orchestras for many Kenai Performers and Pier One theater performances, starting with West Side Story in the early ’80s and continuing through the present.

A well known and well-respected local musician, Ms. Allison is a member of the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra and Redoubt Chamber Orchestra, playing viola and violin, and is on the board of the Performing Arts Society. She maintains a private piano studio, accompanies for local musicians as well as high school choirs and festivals, and works with musicians all over Alaska and nationally doing festivals and chamber music concerts.

PAS most recently sponsored Ms. Allison in concert with soprano Elena T. Bird in 2016. Church, Kenai, in 2005.

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