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Violinist Oliveros to perform, Nov. 8

Mauricio Oliveros
Mauricio Oliveros

Columbian violinist Mauricio Oliveros will perform a concert in the Rothwell Recital Hall, Nov. 8, from 7:30 p.m to 9 p.m. The guest artist is touring and will be accompanied by pianist Lisa McCarroll. Oliveros is associate concertmaster of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and is an adjunct faculty member at Houston Baptist University, The Kinkaid School and Tallowood Academy of Fine Arts.

He performs regularly throughout the U.S., and has appeared as soloist in many symphonies, including the Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Valle Symphony Orchestra in Colombia.

“We bring in an artist that is touring, doing recitals and concerts at various locations including universities,” Kurt Gilman, Lamar University associate professor of violin and viola and director of string activities, said.

McCarroll, from Northern Ireland, has performed extensively as a solo and collaborative pianist throughout Europe and the United States. She is an adjunct at the University of St. Thomas and Lone Star College-North Harris, and is a member of the piano faculty at Tallowood Academy of Fine Arts.

“They have very vast backgrounds,” Gilman said. “McCaroll has pioneered works by a famous Irish woman composer and has won awards for that.”

The program will inclue masterworks by Johannes Brahms, Eugene Ysaye and George Gershwin.

“These are all big time pieces in the violin repertoire,” Gilman said. “But they’re also entertaining, because you get a traditional sonata and then a violin showpiece, and then you get an entertaining piece in both violin and piano which is a work by a famous violinist that arranged for Gershwin.”

Gilman said people will recognize pieces from Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess,” and will also be drawn to the piece by Ysaye.

“I think when it comes to violin performances, people are after the flashy — and this is definitely a flashy piece,” Gilman said. “It requires a lot of technique, but it is very entertaining.”

His arrangements of these pieces are very virtuous because he is a great technician on the violin, Gilman said.

“People will leave with songs in mind at the end of his performance,” Gilman said.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Story by Valerie Flores, UP contributor

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