Presidential Concert Series
The Lee University Presidential Concert Series will return this fall, celebrating its 30th season with a robust slate of performers, including guests both new and returning to the series, as well as artists from within Lee’s acclaimed School of Music. “Over the past 30 years, we have been honored to host a multitude of talented artists, from jazz bands, vocal groups, and string quartets to pops concerts, chamber music, and pianofests,” said Darlia Conn, director of the Presidential Concert Series. “We are pleased to welcome another remarkable group for this season, as well!”
Tickets for all performances are $15 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for Lee University Faculty, Staff and Students. They are available for purchase anytime online at leeu-music.eventbrite.com, or at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center via in person or by phone (423) 614-8343, one week prior to each concert, between 3-6 p.m.
Applauded by the New York Times for his “admirable simplicity… [that is] truly touching,” Italian pianist Fabio Bidini is one of the most popular pianists ever to appear on Lee’s campus, “bringing Italian bravissimo to every performance.” He is considered among the world’s leading concert pianists and pedagogues.
The Vienna Boys Choir, one of the best-known children’s choirs in the world, was founded in Austria almost 100 years ago. These young sopranos and altos tour the world, singing popular standards, as well as classical repertoire. The choir gained fame as the subject of a Walt Disney film “Almost Angels” in 1961. The current choir, all ages 9 to 14, tour internationally 10 weeks each year.
Featured pianist Jonathan Jung will be joined on the program by fellow Lee piano faculty Joo-Hae Kim, ChoEun Lee, and Muen Vanessa Wei in Pangle Hall. Each of these artists combine superb academic credentials with performance experience on some of the world’s greatest stages.
Praised by The Strad for its “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative id eas, and wide palette of colors,” the Lysander Piano Trio showcases the talents of Julliard School alumni Itamar Zorman, violin, Liza Stepanova, piano, and Michael Katz, cello. Since the trio’s formation in 2009, they have toured all over the world, winning numerous competitions and performing for audiences of all ages.
Referred to as “one of the best quartets in the world” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), the Paris-based Modigliani Quartet is recognized as one of today’s most sought-after quartets and is known for its “bright, youthful sound which is invigorating” to audiences (The Guardian). The Quartet has won multiple awards throughout its career, including three First Prizes successively at the Eindhoven International Competition and the prestigious Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York.