Music of the Romantic Era

Chamber Concert scheduled at St. Peter's Church

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BENNINGTON — Violinist and Bennington College faculty member Kaori Washiyama and 2018 Bennington graduate Tony Lu will perform a program of works from the Romantic era at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 200 Pleasant St., Bennington. The concert is cosponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Bennington Council of the Arts.

Admission will be by donation.

The performers will speak briefly about the pieces they will present to provide insights into the context and structure of the program.

Washiyama has been a faculty member at her alma mater, the Kyoto University of Art and Music, and is founding director of a well-established chamber music series also in Japan. In addition to receiving numerous honors in her native country, she was first-prize winner of the Lipizer Violin Competition and recipient of the prestigious Rode Award in Italy.

She is a core member of In the Music Room, which performs in distinguished music rooms throughout southern California. Other recent American appearances have taken place in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Washiyama has been a music instructor at Bennington since 2005.

Lu is a 2018 graduate of Bennington College, where he studied Piano Performance. Born in Wuhan, China, Lu started learning and playing the piano at age 5 and due to his visual impairment, he has always learned music by ear. He began to study in the US in 2013 and has performed with various chamber music groups and orchestras both in high school and college, including Alton Symphony Orchestra and Sage City Symphony.

Lu has worked closely and performed with many Bennington College music faculty, including Christopher Lewis, Yoshiko Sato, Joan Forsyth, Nathaniel Parke, Kaori Washiyama and Allen Shawn, both on and off campus. He also worked as a piano tutor, music history, and analysis lecturer, and accompanist helping students in the music department. Lu is an active faculty member of Sonata International Piano Camp and Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp in Bennington. He regularly returns to China to teach, perform and conduct master classes in performance. In the fall he will begin graduate studies at Austin Peay State University, in Tennessee, where he will hold a teaching assistanceship.

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