Presidential Concert Series
Each year, Lee University proudly hosts some of the world's most exceptional artists and musicians in its Presidential Concert Series. Click below to find out more about the world-class slate of performers appearing in this year’s long-awaited 29th season.
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.
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).
Another return visitor to the Lee University stage, Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents. American Record Guide wrote “Yakushev is one of the very best young pianists before the public today, and it doesn’t seem to matter what repertoire he plays – it is all of the highest caliber”.
The Escher String Quartet, an American quartet based in New York City, makes its debut performance in 2022 in the Presidential Concert Series. This dynamic and energetic ensemble has been praised for its eloquent, full-blooded playing” by the BBC Music Magazine. They have played in the most prestigious concert halls around the world, and recently became one of the very few chamber artists to be awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The Vienna Boys Choir is one of the best-known children’s choirs in the world. Founded in Austria almost a hundred 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 ten weeks each year.
Regarded as one of Canada’s most highly-esteemed concert pianists, Louis Lortie will appear on the Lee University stage in 2022 for the first time. A native of Quebec, he made his debut with the Montreal Symphony at the age of 13, and as a mature performer is a frequent solo guest with some of the world’s top orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the BBC Philharmonic. The London Times says Lortie displays “a combination of total spontaneity and ripeness that only great pianists have.”