Several of the greatest works for violin and piano in the classical music repertoire will be featured in a recital titled “Sunday Afternoon at Sem,” Oct. 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, just north of Kingston Corners.
The performers will be John Vaida, chair of the fine and performing arts department at Wyoming Seminary, on piano and John Michael Vaida, concertmaster of the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra, on violin. The performance is free and open to the public.
The program will include the Sonata in D Major, #4 by Handel, “Schön Rosmarin,” “Liebesleid” and “Praeludium Allegro” by Kreisler, “Banjo and Fiddle” by Kroll, “Meditation for Thaís” by Massenet, Fratres for Violin and Piano by Arvo Pärt, “Caprice Basque” by de Sarasate, and the Chaconne for Solo Violin by J.S. Bach.
John Vaida directs the Wyoming Seminary 100-voice Chorale and the award-winning 28-voice Madrigal Singers. He is the U.S. representative of the International ChoralNetwork and an internationally-known guest conductor and studio teacher. Healso is past president of the Pennsylvanaia Music Educator’s Association. He serves as choral conductor of the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary and on the voice faculty of Marywood University. He also serves as the organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Wilkes-Barre.
Violinist and violist John Michael 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 he has performed in major concert halls such as Carnegie and Merkin Halls, the Stone, and Steinway Hall. He is currently Artist-in-Residence and faculty at Wyoming Seminary and is adjunct professor of violin at Misericordia University and Wilkes University. In addition he is a member of the Florestan Piano Quartet. In the summer he is on the faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival. Having been born into a musical family, Mr. Vaida began playing the violin at the age of two. His principal teachers have included Charles Stegeman, Zvi Zeitlin, and Daniel Phillips.
This performance is part of the 2012-13 Performing Arts Series at Wyoming Seminary. For more information call the Sem Communications Office at 270.2192.