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Encore Concert

Violinist Deborah Buck is no stranger to the Athenaeum. Strad Magazine has described her as "particularly impressive for her surpassing degree of imagination and vibrant sound." Such power of performance and artistry has brought this Los Angeles native and Manhattan resident before international audiences as a soloist and chamber musician and now, back by popular demand, to Claremont McKenna College.

Highlights of past seasons have included a performance of the Brahms Sextet in G Major with ltzhak Perlman; a recording of all the violin solos for the original silent film, "The Scarlet Letter" (Turner Classics); a twenty-eight concert tour of Brazil and two performances at the Ath in 1999 and 2002. An active collaborator, Ms. Buck is a member of the critically acclaimed "Lark String Quartet".

Ms. Buck has recorded numerous new works on the North South label and is currently on faculty at the Kinhaven Music School in Wesson, Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where she was a Starling Scholarship Student of Dorothy Delay. Her Master of Music degree is from the University of Southern California, where she was as a student of Robert Lipsett, and recipient of the 1996 Jascha Heifetz Violin Prize.

Kevin Fitz-Gerald, professor of piano and collaborative arts at the USC Thornton School of Music, Los Angeles, will join Deborah Buck for this evening's recital. He also enjoys a versatile performing career as recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber musician. Fitz-Gerald's concert tours and performances have taken place in such notable venues as Carnegie Recital Hall, New York; National Arts Center, Ottowa; Suntori Hall, Tokyo; and frequent recordings for CBC, NPR, KUSC, and K-Mozart radio networks. Born in British Columbia, Mr. Fitz-Gerald studied at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, the Banff School of Fine Arts, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Deborah Buck and Kevin Fitz-Gerald will perform Beethoven's Piano and Violin Sonata in G Major, No. 8, Poulenc's sonata for Violin and Piano, and Tchaikovsky's "Waltz-Scherzo."

Please join your friends at the Athenaeum for this splendid opening concert.