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Faculty Artist Series: Duo MemDi: Igor Kalnin, violin; Rochelle Sennet, piano

  • Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Noble Recital Hall, Jenson-Noble Hall of Music

Duo MemDi will present a recital on Saturday, March 16, at 7pm in Noble Recital Hall at Jenson-Noble Hall of Music. The first part of the recital is dedicated to music by African-American composers and will include the world premiere of Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano by James Lee III. Dr. Lee is Associate Professor of Music at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. His music is performed by some of the most established orchestras in the United States, including Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. They will also perform compositions by prominent African-American composers Clarence Cameron White and H. Leslie Adams. In the second half of the concert, the duo will perform Sonata No. 7 for Piano and Violin by Ludwig van Beethoven and Paganini’s La Campanella, arranged by Fritz Kreisler.

Duo MemDi was founded by violinist Igor Kalnin and pianist Rochelle Sennet in the summer of 2010, when they served on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. The objective of Duo MemDi is to perform music that embraces the diversity of world cultures. Particularly, they focus on commissioning and performing music of composers from underrepresented groups. All of their live performances are from memory – a rare feat in the world of chamber music. They feel that it allows for a connection to composers’ ideas in a more holistic and insightful way. These ideals inspired the name of the duo: Mem[ory] and Di[versity] = MemDi.

Violinist Igor Kalnin has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra leader, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Rochelle Sennet, Associate Professor of Piano at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has established herself as a well-known performer, teacher, and scholar. Her recordings and recital programs showcase her versatility at the keyboard, with frequent performances of works by Bach, Beethoven, and African-American composers such as H. Leslie Adams, Jeffrey Mumford, James Lee III, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker.

Questions? Contact Igor Kalnin, 563-387-2209