JJC Hosts Free Musica Viva Recital March 11

The Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department’s Musica Viva Recital Series will present a free recital on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on the Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
The recital will open with a performance of “Trio After Brahms” by David DeBoor Canfield. The show will continue with guest musicians Michele Lekas, violin, and Matthew Gianforte, piano, and Thomas Liley, JJC professor of music, performing music of Handel and Stein.
Canfield is an award-winning composer and composer-in-residence of the Bloomington, Ind., Pops Orchestra, whose music has been performed around the world. He is the recipient of commissions by several internationally renowned musicians, including organist Diane Bish, flutist James Pellerite, and saxophonist Kenneth Tse.
Liley, JJC music professor and a Yamaha Performing Artist of classical saxophone, has performed throughout the United States and in several foreign countries. He recently performed, lectured, and taught at the Hong Kong International Saxophone Symposium and at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China. A graduate of Indiana University and a former member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C., he is a professor of music at JJC.
Lekas received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the Quebec Conservatory of Music in her native Canada and later studied in the United States with Jaime Laredo, David Cerone and Sally Thomas. She is concertmaster of the Northwest Indiana Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, the New Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Woodstock Mozart Festival Orchestra. She is also a regular substitute musician with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Gianforte enjoys an active career as a soloist, collaborator, and teacher, having performed across the United States and abroad. Highlights of past seasons include successful debut appearances at Weill Recital Hall in New York and Sarada and Philia Halls in Japan. He earned the master of music and the doctorate of music with Karen Shaw at Indiana University. Gianforte currently serves on the keyboard faculty at Murray State University in Kentucky.
For more information, contact Rita Monroe at rmonroe@jjc.edu or (815) 280-2223.

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