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KSO presents final performance in concertmaster series: Gabriel Lefkowitz & friends

Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 1:04 pm

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 The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Series presents the final concert Gabriel Lefkowitz & Friends on March 13 and 14. The KSO Concertmaster Series is sponsored by American Piano Gallery and Merchant & Gould. The two performances will take place at Remedy Coffee House on March 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.

 Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz, age 25, has been with the KSO for two seasons. He holds a Bachelors degree from Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude in three years and a Masters in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Joel Smirnoff and Masao Kawasaki.

 The program featuring Lefkowitz and his KSO colleagues includes Schubert’s “The Bee,” Ponce’s “Estrellita,” Rachmaninov’s “Daisies,” Bazzini’s “Round of the Goblins” and Mendelssohn’s “Octet.”

 KSO musicians for Mendelssohn’s “Octet” include: Gordon Tsai, Edward Pulgar, Sean Claire, violin; Kathryn Gawne and Eunsoon Lee-Corless, viola; Andy Bryenton and Ihsan Kartal, cello; as well as pianist Kevin Class.

 “In an unusual twist on the standard recital program, the first half is filled with encores for violin and piano,” KSO Concertmaster Gabriel Lefkowitz said. “We’ll be performing a variety of my favorite vignettes written for violin and piano accompaniment that include both beautiful love songs and dazzling show stoppers. The second half of the program features Mendelssohn’ mighty “Octet for Strings,” which the composer wrote when he was 16. It is an incredible work so full of joy and excitement that it’s the absolute perfect way to bring this inaugural season of the series to a spectacular close.”

 Reserved general admission seating is sold out for both concerts. Overflow seating is available for $10 per person. Call 865-291-3310 for details. More information can be found at www.

 Remedy Coffee House is located at 125 W. Jackson Avenue in the Old City and creates an intimate recital hall.