Beth LevinWILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra welcomes acclaimed piano virtuoso Beth Levin to Wilson for the orchestra’s Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in Howard Chapel on the college campus. Levin will be performing Beethoven’s boldly dramatic “Piano Concerto no. 3″ with the orchestra under the baton of Barton College music director Mark N. Peterson.

A native of Philadelphia, Levin is an acclaimed concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. At age 12, Levin made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and soon after was selected to study with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. “Mr. Serkin was an inspiration the moment he walked into a room.” Levin recalls. “A single word evoking the eloquence of a poem.”

As a concerto soloist, Levin has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Civic Symphony, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, and numerous other symphony orchestras throughout the Americas, working with noted conductors such as William Smith, Arthur Fiedler, Benjamin Zander, Tonu Kalam, Sidney Rothstein, Milton Katims, Silas Huff, and Joseph Silverstein.

Levin made her New York solo recital debut in 1982 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Chamber music festival collaborations brought her to the Marlboro Festival, Casals Festival, Harvard, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Ankara Music Festival, and the Blue Hill Festival. As a “Music from Marlboro” artist, she toured the United States and Canada.

The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra also will be performing works by Bach, Mascagni, and Rossini. Orchestra member Steven Lewis, who is a graduate conducting major at East Carolina University, will conduct the overture to Rossini’s opera “Semeramide.”

Following the concert, the audience is cordially invited to meet the musicians at a reception in the Barton Art Museum hosted by ARAMARK Higher Education.

Admission for the fall orchestra performance will be $10 at the door or by season ticket. All students within the community will be admitted free of charge as well as faculty, staff and students of Barton College. For additional information, please contact Lynne Medlin at 252-399-6309 or email: lmedlin@barton.edu.

The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra is a college/community ensemble, and features professional musicians performing alongside a core of amateur and student musicians.

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Questions? Please contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu.

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