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Violin and Piano Duo at Howland Center

November 16, 2011

Violinist Tim Fain and pianist Cory Smythe

The Howland Chamber Music Circle (HCMC) presents violinist Tim Fain and pianist Cory Smythe. The concert will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center and will be followed by a reception to meet the artists. The program is scheduled to include: Antonin Dvorak “Sonatina” in G Major, op.100; Aaron J. Kernis “Air”; Philip Glass “Knee 2″ from Einstein on the Beach; J.S. Bach “Ciaccona” from Partita No.2 in D minor; Lev Zhurbin “Sicilienne” William Bolcom “Graceful Ghost Rag” and two works by Pablo de Sarasate “Romance Andaluza” and “Introduction and Tarantella”.

Fain has emerged as a new presence on the music scene. The “charismatic young violinist with a matinee profile, strong musical instincts and first rate chops” (Boston Globe) was featured as the sound of Richard Gere’s violin in Bee Season. Selected as one of Symphony magazine’s “Up and Coming Young Musicians of 2006,” and a Strad Magazine pick, Fain has recently captured the Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Young Concert Artists International Award. He made his New York concert debut at Alice Tully Hall with Gerard Schwarz and the New York Chamber Symphony, and at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has appeared as soloist with many orchestras, as well as in recital here and abroad.

Smythe’s work as a pianist encompasses a wide range of musical projects. As a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble he has contributed to many premieres and performed to great acclaim in venues across the US and abroad. Equally invested in the classical repertoire, Smythe is a sought-after chamber musician and inventive soloist.

The Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main Street, Beacon. Tickets are $30 ($10 for students) and can be ordered by calling 297-9243 or visiting HCMC’s website .

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