Presented by Bay Chamber Concerts and the Farnsworth Art Museum, in partnership with the University of Southern Maine School of Music, Music at Noon is a new series of four intimate lunchtime concerts, to take place on the second Wednesday of the month, November through February. These diverse, fifty-minute performances are the perfect way to spend your lunch hour. Surrounded by art and music, enjoy a simple, tasty lunch in the Farnsworth's library and prepare to be transported far from the stresses and strains of your day.
The program is curated in collaboration with the University of Southern Maine Music Department.
Wednesday, January 9, noon
RONALD LANTZ (violin) and LAURA KARGUL (piano)
Violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul will perform a program of romantic music featuring the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Jacques de la Presle. This gorgeous masterpiece from 1913 exemplifies the full flowering of the French romantic tradition.
A founding member of the Portland String Quartet. Ronald Lantz has performed in 33 countries, throughout Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Japan and Russia, touring both privately and as a musical ambassador for the US State Department. He has appeared in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Suntory Hall (Tokyo).
Over 20 recordings with the Portland String Quartet on the Arabesque, Northeastern and Orion labels, have garnered numerous awards include a Grammy nomination, “Classical Recording of the Year” from the New York Times, “Classical Music Release of the Year” from the Washington Post and “Best Chamber Music Recording” from the Boston Globe. He has served on the music faculties of many prestigious music colleges including the University of Southern Maine.
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Laura Kargul’s European debut in the Netherlands was hailed by the Rotterdams Nieuwsblad as “one of the most remarkable debut recitals recently given in our country.” The following year she played at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and earned immediate recognition as “a world class pianist: This is playing that belongs on our great concert stages.... almost feverishly inspired, so controlled and so thrilling.” Haagsche Courant, The Hague.
She has recorded for radio in France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Jamaica, as well as for PBS radio and national television in the United States.
Ms. Kargul lives in Freeport, and is a full professor at the University of Southern Maine School of Music.
Ronald Lantz and Laura Kargul established their duo collaboration in 2010.
“[Lantz and Kargul] gave the audience an unforgettable concert, one that provided sincere as well as passionate music making, a marvelous mix of intellect and musicianship of the highest order.”