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Feb. 23: Gorden string concert

FREDERICK, Md.—The concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at Hood College Feb. 23.

Jonathan Carney, violin, will headline the annual Ardine and Phyllis Gorden string concert in Brodbeck Music Hall at 7:30 p.m., and Noel Lester, applied music instructor and concertmaster at Hood, will provide piano accompaniment. The program will consist of works by Beethoven and Brahms, each composer featured in half of the recital.

Carney is a Juilliard-trained violinist and has been the concertmaster of both London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and, currently, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with which he has appeared as a soloist on numerous occasions. Carney performs on a 1687 Stradivarius, the Mercur-Avery, on which he uses “Vision” strings by Thomastik-Infeld. His string sponsor is Connolly & Co., the exclusive U.S. importer of Thomastik-Infeld strings.

Lester is well known to local audiences and has had an international career, both as a solo artist and a chamber pianist.

The Ardine and Phyllis Gorden string concerts take place twice a year—once during the academic year and once during the Summer Chamber Music Festival—and allow the College to bring in major string instrumentalists. To date, these have included the Aeolus Quartet; David Hardy, principal cellist of the National Symphony Orchestra; and the St. Petersburg String Quartet. Next spring, the featured artist will be the Harlem String Quartet. These concerts are in memory of Ardine Gorden’s wife, Phyllis, who was a professional violinist.

The concert is free and open to the public. Brodbeck Music Hall is handicapped accessible. For further information about the recital, contact Lester at 301-696-3429.