• Each year, Lee University proudly hosts some of the world's most exceptional artists and musicians in its Presidential Concert Series.  Information regarding each artist featured in the Presidential Concert Series is listed below. Simply click anywhere in the gray boxes to expand and display the information.

    Ilya Yakushev

    Ilya Yakushev, piano
    (+masterclass on 1/20)

    Thursday, January 21, 2021
    Pangle Hall @ 7:30 pm

    Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents.

    Escher String Quartet

    Escher String Quartet

    Thursday, February 18, 2021
    Pangle Hall @ 7:30 pm

    The Escher String Quartet has received acclaim for its expressive, nuanced performances that combine unusual textural clarity with a rich, blended sound. A former BBC New Generation Artist, the quartet has performed at the BBC Proms at Cadogan Hall and is a regular guest at Wigmore Hall. In its home town of New York, the ensemble serves as Season Artists of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, where it has presented the complete Zemlinsky Quartets Cycle as well as being one of five quartets chosen to collaborate in a complete presentation of Beethoven’s string quartets. Last season, the quartet toured with CMS to China.

    Glenn-Miller

    Glenn Miller Orchestra

    Thursday, September 2, 2021
    Pangle Hall @ 7:30 pm

    The Glenn Miller Orchestra has always been very musical, disciplined, and visually entertaining, having its own distinctive “sound." That sound is created by the clarinet holding the melodic line, doubled or coupled with the tenor sax playing the same notes; and the harmonies produced by three other saxophones, while growling trombones and wailing trumpets add their oo-ahs.

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    Los Angeles Piano Trio

    Thursday, October 7, 2021
    Pangle Hall @ 7:30 pm

    Los Angeles Piano Trio brings a new level of refinement, emotional depth and artistry to the piano trio repertoire, reflecting the City of Angels’ rich cultural legacy, global impact and vibrant energy. Venerated artists and long-time L.A. residents Fabio Bidini, piano, Margaret Batjer, violin, and Andrew Shulman, cello, founded the chamber ensemble in 2020, building upon their distinguished international careers as critically acclaimed soloists, chamber musicians, recording artists and pedagogues.

    Critics proclaim Fabio Bidini, a finalist in the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, a “keyboard wizard (with) a beautiful tone” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) “capable of an admirable simplicity…truly touching” (The New York Times).

    Margaret Batjer, lauded for her “gleaming warmth” (Los Angeles Times), “high-flying” performances and ability to make “her instrument purr and soar…with an engrossing combination of intensity and technical fluency” (San Francisco Classical Voice), is “downright exciting to watch and hear” (Violinist.com).

    Andrew Shulman draws praise for his “fastidious poetry of phrase and technique” (The Times, London) and “nuanced and impassioned” performances (Salt Lake Tribune).