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An evening of chamber music featuring Robert Lehmann, violin

This event is a "Salem Night". Salem residents admitted free with ID. 

Join us for an evening of collaborative contrasts-unusual instrumental combinations are at the center of a program filled with dazzling colors and textures. The program includes  Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz. 111 by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945); and Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, Op. 21 by French composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899).

Violinist Robert Lehmann is joined by pianist Chiharu Naruse, clarinetist Thomas Parchman, violinists Mia Bella D’Augelli and Tracey Jasas-Hardel, violist Kimberly Lehmann and cellist William Rounds.

Robert Lehmann is Professor of Music at the University of Southern Maine Osher School of Music where he conducts the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra and the Portland Youth Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his duties at USM, he is Music Director of the North Shore Philharmonic Orchestra and the White Mountain Bach Festival. He holds degrees in Violin Performance from the University of the Pacific, the Eastman School and Boston University, and has been a fellow at the Aspen Festival's American Academy of Conducting and at the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Dr. Lehmann has concertized as violinist and conductor, in his native Mexico, throughout the US, Central America, Europe, and Ukraine. He has been of frequent guest conductor with the Portland Symphony, Portland Ballet, and has conducted All-State and Festival Orchestras from Maine to California and Hawaii. He has been an adjudicator the National Orchestra Festival at the ASTA National Convention and is in demand as a performer, conductor, teacher, speaker, and is listed in Who's Who in American Music.

He has performed as first violinist of the Meliora Quartet and concertmaster of the Opera Maine Orchestra and the Choral Art Society. His CD, “Chamber Music for String by Manuel M. Ponce” was issued by Centaur Records in 2009. Prior to his appointment at USM, he was Music Director of the Mozart Society Orchestra at Harvard, and on the conducting staff of the Greater Boston, Rhode Island, and Empire State Youth Orchestras. He has given numerous word and regional premieres including Elliot Schwartz's' "Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson", Portland Ballet’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and most recently Daniel Crozier's double clarinet concerto "Sprit", and Daniel Sonenberg's 'kintuskuroi'. His 2012 performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 was named the top performance event of the Portland concert season by The Portland Press Herald.

2022 highlights have included return engagements to perform a recital at the American Church in Paris, with the Assisi (Italy) Performing Arts Music Festival and conducting the Festival Orchestra at the Region IX Texas Festival. 2023 will bring a faculty recital at USM, conducting the 2023 Maine All-State Festival Orchestra, and a return to Europe for various music festivals.

Dr. Lehmann primarily plays a 2014 Benjamin Ruth (Swampscott, MA) violin and resides in Scarborough, Maine with his wife Kim, a violist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and his partner in the "Lehmann Duo".

When 9:00pm
Classroom Building, Central Campus
71 Loring Avenue, Salem, MA 01970
Recital Hall
Karen A Gahagan

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