Four Seasons Arts Presents African American Violinist Tai Murray, Oct. 11th

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Four Seasons Arts, renowned in the East Bay arts scene and founded by W. Hazaiah Williams in 1958, begins its annual series with African American violinist Tai Murray.

This season opener will be held on Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Regents’ Theater at Holy Names University in Oakland. The program includes: Schubert: Rondo D. 895; Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel; Arvo Part: Fratres; Debussy: Violin Sonata in g minor; Corigliano: Violin Sonata (1963).

< p>Murray is establishing herself as a musical voice of a generation and is described as “superb” by the New York Times. She creates a special bond with listeners through her mature phrasing and subtle sweetness. Her programming reveals musical intelligence.

Her sound, sophisticated bowing and choice of vibrato remind us of her musical background and influences, principally, Yuval Yaron (a student of Gingold & Heifetz) and Franco Gulli. Winner of an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2004, Tai Murray was named a BBC New Generation Artist (2008 through 2010).

Murray has performed as guest soloist on the stages of such halls as the Barbican, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens, and Shanghai’s Concert Hall. She has performed with such ensembles as the Atlanta Symphony and BBC Scottish Symphony. Now a resident of Berlin and New York, Tai Murray’s appearances include Berlin’s Konzerthaus and Kammermusiksaal at the Philharmonie, projects with the Philharmonic Staatsorchester of Mainz and Dorfer Symphoniker, and tours with the Brandenburger Symphoniker and Niederrheinische Sinfoniker.

As a recitalist Tai Murray has visited many of the world’s capitols: Berlin, Chicago, Hamburg, London, New York, and Washington D.C. among others. She will return to Wigmore Hall in both 2013 and 2014.

As a chamber musician, she has joined tours with Musicians from Marlboro and was a member of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society II (2004-2006). Festival appearances include Ireland’s West Cork Festival, and the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in the USA.

Four Seasons Arts will continue the intriguing and varied programming with pianist Jeanne Stark on October 25, the Zofo Piano Duet on November 1, and the Brasil Guitar Duo on Nov. 15. Consult the Four Seasons Arts web site for the entire season offering: www.fsarts.org

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