LIVE MUSIC AT WKU: A Night of Music for Strings, Piano, and Clarinet!

Looking to add the beauty of music to your weekend? A lovely Friday night awaits at WKU! “A Night of Music for Strings, Piano and Clarinet” features talented musicians on their respective insturments.

The Musicians

Gabrielle Baffoni- is Assistant Professor of Single Reeds at Southeast Missouri State University, where she has been on faculty since her appointment in 2012. She previously held teaching positions at Tabor College, the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music and Dance, and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Dr. Baffoni earned her Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where her final doctoral project was a lecture-recital presenting works for clarinet and percussion duo.

Ching-Yi Lin- came to Western Kentucky University in 2009 as the Violin Professional-in-Residence. She serves as Concertmaster of the Symphony and Artist Violin Faculty, and heads the Pre-College Violin/Viola Program. Active as a soloist and chamber musician, she has performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Taiwan. During the past academic year, Dr. Lin has given performances and master classes at the Barratt Due Institute of Music in Oslo, Norway; the University of Missouri at Kansas City; and Southeast Missouri State University. This year she will present clinics and master classes at Northwestern University, the University of Wisconsin–Superior, the University of Wyoming, and Kalamazoo College. During the summer, she will continue her international scholarship teaching at the Tuscan Retreat for Violinists and Violists as well as have a return engagement in Norway (Sommersymfonien i Kristiansand). In keeping with the spirit of Western Kentucky University’s diverse international outreach, Dr. Lin has been proactive in arranging master classes and clinics for WKU Music Students with artists from China, Germany, Poland, Romania, and Taiwan.

Andrew Braddock- is currently on the faculty of Western Kentucky University (WKU) and the WKU Pre-College Strings Program.  He teaches viola at the university and maintains a full pre-college studio of young violinists and violists. Andrew has given masterclasses throughout the United States and abroad, at institutions such as the Xi’an Conservatory (China), the Da’an School (Taiwan), the Indiana University Summer String Academy, and Oklahoma University. He has presented pedagogy sessions at the Kentucky and Tennessee Music Educators Association conferences (KMEA and TMEA), and serves as the New Music Editor for the Journal of the American Viola Society. In addition to his many recital performances in the Kentucky area, Andrew has performed in Israel, Austria, Indiana and Colorado.  He currently serves as the principal violist of the Paducah Symphony Orchestra, and he has been a member of the Evansville Philharmonic and Owensboro Symphony Orchestras. Andrew studied violin and viola pedagogy with Mimi Zweig at Indiana University and has taught in the IU String Academy. He is in the process of completing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Kentucky. He holds a Masters in Viola performance from Indiana University, under the tutelage of Atar Arad, and a Bachelors of Music (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University, where he was awarded the Jean Keller Heard Prize for Excellence in string performance.

Zachary Lopes– is an active soloist and collaborative artist and has given performances and master-classes across the United States, South America, and Europe. He was the winner of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) Piano Concerto Competition and has received awards of distinction in the Schlern International Music Competition, the MTNA Northwest Regional Young Artist Competition, and the University of Colorado College of Music Honors Competition. He has been featured with his trio on CBS Sunday Morning’s “A Grand Plan for Pianos” and on WUOL Louisville Classical Radio as a soloist.

The concert is this Friday, August 24th at 7:30pm in the WKU Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.

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