World-Renowned Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi to Open Park University’s International Center for Music 2014-15 Concert Season

Friday, September 12, 2014

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Park University’s International Center for Music will open its 2014-15 concert season series with an evening of chamber music by Franz SchubShmuel Ashkenasiert featuring world-renowned violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus.

Called a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” by The Vienna Express, Ashkenasi will perform Schubert’s “Rondo for Violin and String Quartet” and “String Trio in B-Flat Major” in collaboration with award-winning students from the ICM. In addition, Ashkenasi will perform Schubert’s “Sonatina No. 2” and “Rondo Brilliant” with ICM instructor of music/piano, Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ashkenasi attended the Musical Academy of Tel Aviv prior to coming to the United States on a scholarship to study with Efrem Zimbalist at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he has been a faculty member since 2007. Ashkenasi won the Meriweather Post Competition, was a finalist in Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth competition and received second prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He was first violinist of the famed Vermeer Quartet for more than 30 years, gaining a reputation as one of the world’s outstanding chamber musicians.

Tickets for the concert are — general admission: $15 in advance online, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty and staff with Park ID and their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit

The ICM’s 2014-15 concert season will continue on Friday, Nov. 14, with a night dedicated to the music of Leonid Desyatnikov, one of Russia’s most prominent composers, featuring Russian pianist Alexey Goribol in a performance starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel. Goribol will be joined by ICM faculty and guests in a special evening devoted to the music of this extraordinary composer.

Please note: Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has restricted physical access. Park University wants to make available to everyone access to all programs and activities conducted in this building. Requests for physical access accommodations should be addressed in a timely manner to Park University’s Office of Campus Safety at (816) 584-6444. Park University will make all reasonable modifications to ensure that individuals with physical challenges have an equal opportunity to enjoy all programs and activities.