Feb. 18, 2014

Geneseo hosts two musical performances


Louis Lohraseb '13 returns to Geneseo for a special chamber music concert on Feb. 22, along with other musical guest performers. On Feb. 23, there is a performance by the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra. /FILE PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11

Geneseo is hosting two musical performances this week that highlight the talent of faculty, students and alumni, as well as special guests.

On Feb. 22, there is a special guest chamber music concert with violinist Mélanie Clapiès, violist Isabella Mensz, Cellist Yan Levionnois and pianist Louis Lohraseb '13, that will feature works by Brahms and Beethoven. The concert is at 8 p.m. in the new Doty Hall recital hall.

On the program are Brahms’ “Sonata for Viola in F minor, Op. 120, no. 1” and “Piano Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Op. 26.” The Beethoven work is “Piano Trio in G major, Op. 1, no. 2.”

As a conducting fellow at the Yale School of Music, Lohraseb is pursuing graduate studies under the tutelage of Maestro Shinik Hahm. He serves as both assistant conductor to the Yale Philarmonia and the music director of the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra. At Geneseo, he was the assistant conductor of the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Friends of Music Orchestra.

A recipient of the Zonta Club Award, Clapiès regularly performs the masterpieces of the violin concerto repertoire as an orchestra soloist. She has established herself as a leading chamber musician, performing with a number of collaborators in France, Russia, Algeria and Canada. She is at the Yale School of Music, pursuing a master’s of music in Syoko Aki’s violin studio.

Mensz performs regularly in the United States and internationally, and is pursuing an artist diploma at the Yale School of Music.

Levionnois has performed as a soloist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia and other orchestras around the world.

The concert is sponsored by Geneseo’s Department of Music and the Office of the President. Additional underwriting also has been provided by Herbert Hawley, a Geneseo donor and friend of the college.

On Feb. 23, the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of Lecturer of Music Jim Tiller at 3 p.m. in the Wadsworth Auditorium with works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. Members —who are faculty and student wind, percussion and string musicians — will present Tchaikovsky’s “Marche Slave,” Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet,” and Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3.” 

Both events are free and open to the public.