The Mary Baldwin University Sunday Recital Series continues on March 20, with guest artist David Sariti, violin, and Mary Baldwin faculty member Lise Keiter, piano.
Sariti and Keiter will open the program with a sonata in F Major by W.A. Mozart. They will move on to the Suite for Violin and Piano by American composer William Grant Still. Known as the “dean of African-American composers,” Still wrote in a wide range of musical styles and was known for his skillful infusion of art music with an African-American idiom. This work showcases the wonderful variety often found in Still’s music: the first movement is rhythmic and exciting, the second is a romantic lullaby, and the last movement is playful and jazzy.
The second half of the program includes the Sonata No. 2 in A Major of Johannes Brahms and a recent work by Scottish composer James MacMillan, Kiss on Wood. MacMillan is one of today’s most active and successful composers, and he is described as “…a composer so confident of his own musical language that he makes it instantly communicative to his listeners.”
Sariti joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2005, where he teaches violin and directs the Baroque Orchestra and the Palladian Chamber Orchestra. He performs in the Rivanna Quartet, and is principal second violin of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. He was also recently a soloist with that orchestra, and has appeared as recitalist at universities across the East and Midwest. Accomplished also on the Baroque violin, he performs with harpsichordist Bradley Lehman, the Washington Bach Consort, and has presented a series of programs focusing on music from the collection of Thomas Jefferson. Sariti completed his doctorate at Hartt School in the Honors Chamber Music program and also holds degrees from the University of Akron and Ithaca College, with election to the National Music Honor Society.
Keiter has performed nation-wide and is active as a solo recitalist, collaborative artist, and soloist with orchestra. In the summer of 1998, she was awarded a fellowship to study at the Internationale Academie de Musique in Gargenville, France. In 2006, she returned to perform two concerts as part of the International Roussel Festival. Keiter performed Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto in two concerts with the Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra in 2009. Other recent concert engagements have taken her to West Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Idaho, Wisconsin, Illinois, South Carolina, and throughout Virginia. Keiter is on the faculty at Mary Baldwin University and currently serves as Music Department Chair. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory, and a Master’s Degree and the Doctorate of Music at Indiana University.
The recital is at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20 in Francis Auditorium in the Pearce Science Center, 227 East Frederick Street, Staunton. Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for seniors and non-Mary Baldwin students. For more information, call 540-887-7294.