Music for a Summer Eve – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Music for a Summer Eve

Make the most of those long, hot summer evenings by experiencing musical performances from all over the world. Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Geneva Concert Series have organized six Thursday evening performances by up-and-coming classical musicians as part of the Music for a Summer Eve Concert Series. Sponsored by the George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation, each of the concerts will take place in the Geneva Room on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. All of the events are free and open to the public. The concerts are as follows: Polish piano virtuoso Igor Lipinski premiered new music and performed a selection of works by Chopin and Paderewski on July 17. He recently performed the Paderewski Piano Concerto with the Buffalo Philharmonic in the U.S. for the first time in over 70 years. Jonathan Bowman, a talented pianist from Utah, performed the Stravinsky Petrouchka Suite for Piano on July 24. He has performed with regional symphonies in Utah and is currently in the master’s of music program at the Eastman School of Music. He recently administered the Bacchauer International Piano competition in Salt Lake City. On July 30, pianist George Abraham ’59 and violinist David Lane performed works by Brahms, Mozart and Beethoven. Abraham is a member of the Board of the Eastman School of Music, a former student of Jose Echaniz and co-founder of the George D. and Freida B. Abraham Foundation. An accomplished pianist and physician, Abraham also received the President’s Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the Colleges, in 2005. Michelle Wenderlich, daughter of Mark Wenderlich P’02, ’03, who studied at the Conservatoire de Paris and is now at the Frankfort Conservatory, performed in St. John’s Chapel on August 7 with her baroque trio, Viola Bastarda. Pianist Paul Sanchez will perform one of Rachmaninoff’s piano sonatas on August 14. He received his undergraduate degree from TCU and earned the title Master of Spanish Music after completing two years of study with Alicia de la Rocha as a Fulbright Scholar in Barcelona, Spain. Sanchez, from South Dakota, is also the organizer of the Dakota Sky Music Festival. On August 21, Chinese pianist Liu Liu will perform works by Haydn, Samuel Barber, and Ned Rorem. Liu teaches at the Hochstein School of Music and at the Eastman School of Music, where she is currently studying as part of their dual doctoral program. She was a recent finalist in the Steinway Competition in Boston.