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Lopez-Tabor Duo to perform Sept. 22

Arts for the Community at Thomas University will present the Lopez Tabor Duo on Friday, Sept. 22, as the first of the 2017-2018 Fridays at Noon series. The performance will be held in the chapel of the Thomasville First United Methodist Church at 425 N. Broad Street. 

The duo features violinist Alfonso Lopez, who is concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, and the program will include works by Mozart, Brahms, Sarasate, Albeniz and other South American composers.

“The duo has regularly performed in the United States and Venezuela since 2004, and we are fortunate to have them begin our new season,” Dr. Karl Barton, coordinator of the series, stated. “Mr. Lopez is a remarkable violinist who has a strong artistic presence in performance.”

Alfonso Lopez is one of the most versatile and prominent musicians of his generation in Venezuela. He received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Lopez then completed a B.A. and an M.A. in music from the University of Michigan. 

Lopez also received advanced musical training in Austria and England. As a concertmaster, he has performed with various orchestras in international festivals. He is a founding member and first violinist of the Friedman String Quartet.

Pianist Michelle Tabor holds B.F.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in piano and theory from Tulane University, the University of Denver and Florida State University, respectively. 

Tabor has also pursued her research interests in Latin American art music of the 20th century. She has presented lectures/recitals and research papers at national and regional meetings of many professional music organizations.

“These Friday concerts give people the rare opportunity to experience music in an intimate setting, as well as the chance to visit with the artists during the luncheon following the performance,” Barton continued.

The concert is free and open to the public. A complimentary luncheon provided by the church will follow the performance. For more information, call 229-227-6964 or e-mail actu@thomasu.edu.

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