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Fowler Center Series presents Arkansas Symphony
Orchestra in final performance of the 2008-2009 season
April 21, 2009 --
University presents the final performance in this year’s Fowler Center
Series, when the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of
David Itkin, performs on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Riceland Hall,
Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
This year’s performance of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra includes the
Brahms Concerto for Violin and Violoncello in A minor, Op. 102, and
features violinist Kiril Laskarov and cellist Melita Hunsinger. After a
short intermission, the orchestra returns with Schumann’s Symphony No. 2
in A major, Op. 34.
Kiril Laskarov is currently in his ninth season as co-concertmaster
of the Arkansas Symphony and third season as orchestra director at the
Collegiate School. A native of Bulgaria, he received a Bachelor of Arts
degree from the State Academy of Music in Sofia and his master’s degree
from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Laskarov won the
Bulgarian National Violin Competition in 1995 and appeared as a soloist
with a number of Bulgarian orchestras during the following two years. In
the United States, he has performed as a soloist with the Arkansas
Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Southern Illinois Symphony, and
Abilene Philharmonic. Laskarov has also appeared in the Arkansas
Symphony chamber music series in Little Rock and presented recitals in
Memphis, Kansas City, and Dallas.
Cellist Melita Hunsinger is in her fifth season as a full-time member of
the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. She performs regularly with the Quapaw
Quartet on the ASO’s River Rhapsodies Chamber Series and in recitals
throughout the state. In 2004, she was named principal cellist of the
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and also appeared as a soloist with the
orchestra, performing Saint-SaŽns’ Cello Concerto No. 1.
A native of Grand Rapids, Mich., Ms. Hunsinger studied cello with string
pedagogue Louis Potter Jr. of East Lansing, Mich.. She graduated from
St. Olaf College in
Minn., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music. While completing her
studies, Ms. Hunsinger won the opportunity to solo with the St. Olaf
Orchestra on its ten-day tour of the Midwestern United States in 1998.
She was again a featured soloist with that orchestra in 2000, performing
the opening movement of Franz Joseph Haydn's Cello Concerto in D Major.
She continued her performance studies at the Shepherd School of Music at
Rice University in Houston, Texas, where her teachers included Norman
Fischer, Desmond Hoebig, and James Dunham. Her education there included
the opportunity to participate in an intensive course of string quartet
master classes under the instruction of Paul Katz, formerly of the
Cleveland Quartet. While completing a Master of Music degree, she served
as co-principal cellist of the Symphony of Southeast Texas and taught
private cello lessons.
Ms. Hunsinger has also participated in many music festivals, notably,
the Colorado College Summer Conservatory, the National Orchestral
Institute (as principal cellist), and the Aspen Music Festival, where
she met her husband Jeff Hunsinger, now the operations and production
manager for the Arkansas Symphony.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concert is one of the most popular and
best-attended events at Fowler Center’s Riceland Hall, and it is a
fitting finale to the 2008-2009 Fowler Center Series season.
Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults, $24 and $16 for ASU faculty
$23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students, and $10 and $6 for ASU
students. Tickets are available online at
http://www.fowlercenter.astate.edu/tickets/ or by calling
972-2781.Call toll-free at 888-278-3267. For more information, contact
Jeff Brown, director, Fowler Center, at (870) 972-3471.