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Division of Performing Arts Presents Faculty Recital: John Vaida, Violin and Timothy Burns, Piano


Wilkes University Division of Performing Arts presents
John M. Vaida and Timothy Burns in Concert

            On Tuesday, November 19, the Wilkes University Division of Performing Arts presents a faculty recital by John M. Vaida, violin and Timothy Burns, piano. The concert begins at 7:30 pm on the main stage of the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free and open to the public, and donations will be accepted.
            The duo will perform a variety of 19th and 20th century music for violin and piano, including Igor Stravinsky’s Duo Concertante, Lukas Foss’ Three American Pieces, Charles Ives’ Sonata no. 4 for violin and piano, “Children's Day at Camp Meeting,” and Richard Strauss’ Violin Sonata in E-flat, Op. 18.

Violinist and violist John M. Vaida, currently based in New York City, has concertized throughout the United States and Europe as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. As a soloist and chamber musician Mr. Vaida has performed in major concert halls such as Carnegie and Merkin Halls, the Stone, and Steinway Hall.

Most recently he has given performances in New York City, Bloomsburg, Wilkes-Barre, and Kingston Pa., including the world premiere of “Three Little Lights” by award-winning composer Baljinder Sekhon II. He has appeared on numerous occasions on radio and television including WVIA FM's “Music from St. Stephen's” and WQED FM Pittsburgh. Mr. Vaida is currently Artist-in-Residence and Faculty at Wyoming Seminary, Adjunct Professor of Violin at Misericordia University, and Adjunct Instructor of Violin at Wilkes University.

Collaborative pianist Timothy M. Burns is a versatile performer with significant instrumental, vocal, and choral accompanying experience. He holds degrees in piano performance and collaborative piano from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, studying with Carol Schanely-Cahn, David Allen Wehr, and Jean Barr.

Mr. Burns has performed in a variety of collaborative and solo settings throughout the United States and Canada. He has worked with renowned choral conductors Brady R. Allred, Daniel Bara, Scott Tucker, and Amanda Quist, among others, with performances at such venues as Riverside Church and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. Additionally, Mr. Burns served as staff accompanist for the 2010 King Award Competition in Salina, Kansas, the 2012 International Viola Congress, performing with artists Jeanne-Louise Moolman of South Africa and Hartmut Rohde of Germany, and the 2013 International Society of Bassists Competition and Conference, performing with competitors from the United Kingdom, China, South Korea, and the United States.

            For more information on this concert, please contact the Wilkes University Division of Performing Arts at 408-4420 or dpa@wilkes.edu


Published On: 11/18/2013
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