Chattanooga Now Lee University's Performing Arts Series welcomes violinist and pianist Monday

Chattanooga Now Lee University's Performing Arts Series welcomes violinist and pianist Monday

Chamber Strings present 'A Movie Soundtrack Spectacular' on Friday

November 9th, 2017 by Staff Report in Chattnow Music

Renana Gutman

Photo by Carlin Ma

Alexi Kenney

Alexi Kenney

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Lee University School of Music welcomes violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Renana Gutman to campus Monday, Nov. 13, to continue the university's Performing Arts Series.

Their concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall, located in the Humanities Center on Lee's Cleveland, Tenn., campus. They will perform works by Bach, Respighi, Salonen and Schubert.

The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Kenney has been praised by The New York Times for "immediately drawing listeners in with his beautifully phrased and delicate playing." He won the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition and has performed at Carnegie Hall.

Kenney's main focus is chamber music. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from New England Conservatory of Music, where he is currently completing his Artist Diploma.

Gutman has played on four different continents in locations such as the Louvre Museum, St. Petersburg's Philharmonia, Carnegie Hall and Stresa Music Festival. The New York Times describes her playing as "passionate and insightful."

She is a member of the Echoes of Hope project, which is dedicated to performing obscure pieces by Jewish composers who died in the Holocaust. A native of Israel, Gutman came to the United States to complete her bachelor and master of music degrees at Mannes College of Music.

Along with performing, Gutman has taught at the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in the United Kingdom. She currently teaches at Bard College Preparatory in New York.

Monday's performance is open to the public and free of charge, but tickets are required due to limited seating. Tickets will are available in the Dixon Center Box Office from 3 to 6 p.m., today, Friday and Monday; or, call 423-614-8343.

Also at Lee

Lee University Chamber Strings present ‘A Movie Soundtrack Spectacular’
› When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10

› Where: Pangle Hall, 340 Church St., Cleveland, Tenn.

› Admission: Free

Director Xiaoqing Yu will conduct the student ensemble in popular Hollywood hits such as “Final Countdown” by Joey Tempest, “La La Land” by Justin Hurwitz, “I Wanna Be Like You” by Richard Sherman and “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton.

Violinist Soovin Kim leads masterclass
› When: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15

› Where: Squires Recital Hall, Humanities Center, 1250 Parker St., Cleveland, Tenn.

› Admission: Free

› About Kim: Soovin Kim’s visit to campus is in conjunction with his performance with the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera on Thursday, Nov. 16. Kim won first prize in the Paganini International Competition at age 20, and has also received the Henryk Szeryng Career Award, the Avery Fisher Career Grant and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award. In 2009, he founded the Lake Champlain Music Festival in Burlington, Vt. He has released nine CDs and is currently working on a 10th. He teaches violin at the New England Conservatory of Music.