Monday, July 17, 2017
Steve Bjella, violin and Molly Roseman, piano
Steve Bjella has performed throughout the United States, appearing both as soloist and in a variety of chamber ensembles. He holds degrees in performance and music education from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Leopold LaFosse and the Stradivari Quartet. He has also studied with the Vermeer, Fine Arts and New Hungarian Quartets.
Before moving to Stevens Point he lived in Chicago and was on the faculty of Valparaiso University and Saint Xavier College, a member of the Governor's State University String Quartet, and a member of the contemporary music ensembles, Chicago Camerata and Loop Group. Mr. Bjella had an active free-lance career as well, performing on numerous commercial recordings and was concertmaster of the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and Chicago Light Opera Orchestra.
An active performer and teacher, he has written two books on violin technique, Beginning Repertoire for the Advanced Violinist and Scales and Arpeggios, Block Fingering Exercises for the Advanced Violinist, and given master-classes at colleges and high-schools across the country. He also enjoys making music with his colleagues in the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and is concertmaster of the orchestra.
Molly Roseman, whose playing has been described as "authoritative and artistic", is a versatile performer taking on active roles as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. Her performances have taken her across the state, regional, and national levels. She is an active member of the UWSP Copernicus Piano Trio and performs extensively as a member of the Roseman Flute/Piano Duo with flutist and husband, Jacob Roseman. She has been a soloist with various regional orchestras including the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has performed numerous times on Wisconsin Public Radio. Her interests include French piano music where she has studied in France with the distinguished Debussy/Ravel scholar and pianist, Paul Roberts. She is Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Lawrence Leviton, cello Molly Roseman, piano
Lawrence Leviton is Artist/Teacher of Cello at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He also served as Suzuki Specialist at the Aber Suzuki Center for 17 years. He received his Doctorate in cello performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and his Master's degree in performance from Northwestern University. He also holds a degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Originally from Chicago, Dr. Leviton has been active as a clinician and performer throughout the country. He has been a frequent performer on Wisconsin Public Radio. He has appeared with the orchestras of the Aspen Music Festival, the Joffrey Ballet, and served as co-principal cello in the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. He was nominated for membership in Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honorary society, at both the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University.
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