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Preucil and Ransom perform March 2

Last updated February 20, 2015

By Tina Underwood

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin at Furman University William Preucil will perform with pianist William Ransom, D.M.A., in recital Monday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus.

The recital is free and open to the public.

Preucil and Ransom will perform sonatas for violin and piano by Beethoven, Schumann, and Grieg.

Preucil, celebrating 10 years as a member of the Furman faculty, was appointed concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra in 1994. Prior to joining the orchestra, Preucil performed seven seasons as the first violinist of the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Quartet. As a member of the quartet, he performed more than 100 concerts each year in the world’s major musical capitals and recorded for Telarc International the complete cycle of Beethoven’s 17 string quartets, as well as a variety of other chamber works. Previously, Preucil served seven years as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony, after earlier holding the same position with orchestras in Utah and Nashville.

Actively involved as an educator, Preucil is Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has previously held positions as professor of music at the Eastman School of Music, Artist in Residence at the University of Maryland School of Music, and Distinguished Lecturer in Music at the University of Georgia.

will-ransom-spotlightPianist William Ransom has appeared in recital, as soloist with orchestras, and as a chamber musician in around the globe. He has performed in New York’s Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall, and Merkin Hall; in Orchestra Halls in Chicago, Detroit, and Atlanta; and at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. among others. He has performed for the American Ambassadors to Japan and Ireland, and his performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and Television in the United States, Japan, Korea, Argentina, and Poland. His recording of “Enoch Arden,” by Richard Strauss, “The Music of Alfredo Barili,” and “Chamber Music of Johannes Brahms” were released on the ACA label. Ransom can also be heard on “Heartkeys,” from Rising Star Records.

Ransom is currently the Mary L. Emerson Professor of Piano and head of the piano faculty at Emory University in Atlanta. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta and has collaborated with such artists as cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Steven Isserlis; clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, and many others.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086.

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