First concert in MSC Series features Liebenow and Molina

August 31, 2012

Peoria, IL (August 30, 2012)  Violinist Marcia Henry Liebenow and pianist Andrea Molina will present a recital on Sunday, September 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Dingeldine Music Center, located at 1417 W. Barker Avenue. The recital is the first concert of the 2012-13 Music Scholarship Concert Series. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students.

This recital also will be presented on September 13 at Western Illinois University in Macomb. The program will feature W. A. Mozart Sonata in A Major, K. 305, Sergei Prokofiev Five MelodiesOp. 35bis, Arthur Foote Three Character Pieces Op. 9, Malcolm Arnold Four Scottish DancesOp. 59, and William Bolcom Graceful Ghost Rag.

Marcia Henry Liebenow is professor of violin, viola, and chamber music at Bradley University.  She is also the Concertmaster of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, active as a performer and a teacher across the U.S., and has performed throughout Europe.  Her CD recording of the Grieg Violin Sonatas with pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi was released by Centaur Records.  In the summer, she is faculty artist at the Red Lodge Music Festival in Montana, the Birch Creek Music Performance Center in Wisconsin, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival in Vermont, and has also been an artist at the Affetti Music Festival in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Henry Liebenow is the recipient of the Outstanding Studio Teacher Award by the Illinois American String Teachers’ Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award in Music from Ohio University, the Women in Leadership Award by WEEK-TV, and has been honored by ArtsPartners of Illinois for her creative contributions to the community. She holds graduate degrees in violin performance from Ohio University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

As a pianist and collaborative artist, Andrea Molina has given performances and master classes throughout North America, Central America, and Europe.   Ms. Molina is a staff accompanist at Bradley University and has served as the principal pianist for the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Quad Cities, and the Peoria Ballet.  She has also performed as a guest soloist with the Peoria Symphony. She performs on Centaur’s String Chamber Music of Rebecca Clarke and New World’s Our Beauties Are Not Our Own, the music of Paul Paccione. As a conductor and music director, Ms. Molina has led opera productions and outreach/educational initiatives for Opera New England (a division of Boston Lyric Opera), Opera Illinois, and Western Illinois University.  She recently was the Chorusmaster for the Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre production of Madama Butterfly that was broadcast on Iowa Public Television.  At the Orfeo Music Festival in the Italian Alps, she conducted the orchestra and taught conducting and collaborative playing. Ms. Molina is pursuing a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Iowa.

For more information call 309-677-2602.



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