On Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 3pm, violinist Mei Mei Luo and pianist Daphne Spottiswoode will perform a concert featuring César Franck’s lush and melodic Violin Sonata in A Major along with works by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Sarasate, and Piazzolla. Advance tickets ($15 general admission, $5 student, $20 preferred seating) are available online (www.music.stpaulsdelray.org) or by calling 561-278-6003. Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the concert. St. Paul’s is handicapped accessible.
“St. Paul’s has a long tradition of featuring some of the extraordinary talent in the area, and this concert is no exception,” says Dr. Paul Cienniwa, the newly instated Director of Music Ministries at St. Paul’s. “Not only are we going to hear two of South Florida’s most accomplished musicians, but also we are going to hear what might be the greatest of all violin pieces: César Franck’s stunning Violin Sonata in A Major. With shorter works by Mendelssohn, Liszt, Sarasate, and Piazzolla, this program will be a delightful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”
Cienniwa is quick to point out that this concert concludes the 29th Season of Music at St. Paul’s–and that means that the 30th Season is not far behind. “We are soon to announce the performers for next season, including a new website. What I can say at this time is that we can all look forward to some more great performances by classical musicians from near and far.”
About the performers…
Mei Mei Luo is recognized as one of South Florida’s finest violinists. Until its closing, she was the assistant concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and served as concertmaster for the final concert in 2003. Miss Luo is the founding first violinist of the acclaimed Delray String Quartet, which performs wide-ranging repertoire every season throughout three south Florida counties.
As a soloist, she has performed the Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn and Bruch violin concertos. She is concertmaster of Orchestra Miami and The South Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been a regular member of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival since 2000. Miss Luo has played as a member of the Philadelphia Concerto Soloists as well as an alternate for the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Miss Luo earned her bachelor’s degree from the Shanghai and Shenyang conservatory of music. She was the second prize winner of the National Youth Violin Competition of China, and is a graduate of the master’s program at the University of Miami. She has recorded Dvorak with the Delray String Quartet on the Poinciana label, and also appears on the Klavier and Harmonia Mundi labels.
Pianist Daphne Spottiswoode was born and educated in England. She won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, London, and studied with Franz Reizenstein. She also studied in Paris with M. Lazare Levy. She has been the recipient of many awards including the Geneva International Competition for Pianists and the International Music Association Prize, and she was also made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
Since her debuts in London at both the Royal Albert Hall’s Henry Wood Promenade Concerts (“The Proms”) and the Royal Festival Hall, Ms. Spottiswoode has appeared as soloist with many of the leading orchestras in her native England, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic, and Bournemouth Symphony. She has appeared in concert with renowned conductors, including William Steinberg, Sir Adrian Boult, Herbert Menges, and Charles Groves, among others. Her live performances have also been broadcast frequently on BBC Radio and Television.
Her distinguished teaching credentials include professorships at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the University of Manchester. In America, she was Artist-in-Residence at Southern Illinois University and served on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York’s Purchase College, where she concentrated on solo and chamber music programs. Recent performances include those in New York, Los Angeles, and Florida, where she now resides.
Ms. Spottiswoode is also a favorite on cruise ships, and she has traveled the world performing on many lines, including the Crystal, Holland America, Seabourn, and Cunard. For many years, she was a regular recitalist on the QE2 transatlantic crossings and world cruises.
For more information, visit http://www.music.stpaulsdelray.org