Macomber and Glazer perform at Bates

Violinist Curtis Macomber joins pianist Frank Glazer in a performance of Brahms’ “Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano” Nov. 1 at the Bates College Olin Arts Center Concert Hall. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

According to the New York Observer, “Macomber’s intensely human fiddle seems an entire universe, sufficient unto itself.” A versatile solo and chamber musician, Macomber is equally comfortable with and committed to works from Bach to Babbit. His discography includes the complete Brahms string quartets as well as the Roger Sessions solo sonata. Macomber has recorded for a variety of labels including Nonesuch and CRI, which recently released his second solo recording, “Songs of Solitude,” named one of the best solo instrumental discs in 1996. A featured lecturer and recitalist in the first American Viollin Congress in 1987, Macomber was a second-prize winner in the 1980 Rockefeller Foundation International Competition for the Performance of 20th Century American Violin Music.

Macomber has given recitals at Carnegie Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center. He has soloed with the Musica Aeterna Orchestra, the Julliard Symphony and the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. As first violinist of the award-winning New World String Quartet from 1982 to 1993, Macomber recorded 14 discs and performed frequently on public television in the United States and Great Britain.

A member of the violin faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, Macomber holds B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. Degrees from the Julliard School. He was appointed artist-in-residence at Harvard University from 1982 to 1990.

Artist-in-residence and lecturer in music at Bates since 1980, Glazer previously served on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester for 15 years. A specialist in Beethoven, he is a recipient of the distinguished Paderewski Piano Medal, awarded in London to “an artist of superlative degree.”

His performances have taken him throughout the United States, South America, Europe and the Near East. He has performed at Carnegie and Avery Fischer halls in New York, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires.

A founding member of the New England Piano Quartet, Glazer performs regularly in the Portland Chamber Music Society series.

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