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Lee and Holritz to Present Beethoven's 'Spring Sonata'

Lee University music professor ChoEun Lee, piano, and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) Associate Concertmaster Josh Holritz, violin, will perform a recital on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Squires Recital Hall.

Lee and Holritz will continue the journey through Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Violin after their first performance in September 2017. This recital will include a performance of Sonata No. 5, the “Spring Sonata.”

ChoEun Lee has extensive collaborative experiences in vocal and chamber music repertoires and has given numerous performances in Korea, the United States, Austria, Italy, Australia, and New Zealand, in major venues including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood Music Center, and Harris Concert Hall in Aspen Music Festival.

She currently serves as an assistant professor in collaborative piano and vocal coaching at Lee University. She has worked in recitals and masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Stephanie Blythe, Phyllis Curtin, Martin Katz, Dawn Upshaw, and Anne Sofie von Otter, among others.

Lee was twice invited to Tanglewood Music Festival and has been named a recipient of the Grace B. Jackson Prize. In the summers of 2016 and 2017, she was invited to the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and will return this year.

Noted for his “particularly outstanding” playing, Holritz is a violinist and violist who has performed as a soloist, orchestral, and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in more than 20 states around the continental U.S.

Holritz has been a member of the Glens Falls Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, and served as concertmaster for the Buffalo Community Orchestra (MN). He has performed with the Vienna Radio Orchestra and New World Symphony and currently substitutes with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

He currently maintains a busy performance schedule with Schaafritz, a duo with his wife, CSO principal flutist Kristen Holritz. Additionally, he performs weekly with the CSO String Quintet in an effort to bring classical music to local schools and the greater Chattanooga community.

Holritz currently serves as adjunct instructor of violin for The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and adjunct professor at Covenant College where he teaches violin, viola, and chamber music.

The Wednesday recital is free, non-ticketed, and open to the public. Squires Recital Hall is located in the Humanities Building on Lee’s Campus.

For more information about the concert, contact the School of Music at (423) 614-8240 or by email at music@leeuniversity.edu.
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