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Flutist to begin FPC Arts Series on a high note

October 29th, 2011 5:57 pm by staff report

Eugenia Zukerman is a true Renaissance woman. While maintaining an international concert calendar with more than 30 performances annually, the flutist’s multi-faceted career also includes work as an arts administrator, author, educator, Internet entrepreneur and journalist.

Zukerman will be in Bristol on Nov. 6 to kick off the 2011-2012 Arts Series at First Presbyterian Church of Bristol, Tenn. Show time is 3 p.m.

She’ll be accompanied by Milana Strezeva. Strezeva is a native of Kishinev, Moldova, a naturalized American citizen and a founding member of the Manhattan Piano Trio, which has performed three times previously as part of the First Presbyterian Arts Series.

In demand from New York to China as an orchestral soloist, chamber musician and recitalist, Zukerman has been praised by The New York Times for her performances — “Her musicianship is consummate, her taste immaculate and her stage presence a sheer pleasure.”

She has enjoyed musical collaborations with Emmanuel Ax, Yo-Yo Ma, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Shanghai String Quartet and fellow flutists Jean-Pierre Rampal and James Galway. This season, she made her heralded debut at the prestigious Verbier Festival in Switzerland, performing chamber works by Hanns Eisler, Arnold Schönberg, Andreas Jakob Romberg and Behzad Ranjbaran. She partnered with some of the world’s finest musicians, including violinist Dimitry Sitkovetsky, violist Nobuko Imai, cellist Frans Helmerson and pianist Elena Bashkirova, among others.

Later this season, Zukerman will perform with the Manhattan Piano Trio in Pennsylvania, with the Symphony Space All-Stars in New York City in a concert of “Brandenburg Concerti” and with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Lowell Liebermann’s “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Op.39.”

Zukerman has performed as a soloist with many of the world’s finest orchestras. Her numerous guest appearances include engagements with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the China Philharmonic, and the Israel, Moscow, Prague and Scottish Chamber Orchestras. The breadth of her appearances in North America is also remarkable and includes dates with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony in Washington D.C., the Montreal and Vancouver Symphonies and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.

Performances and a recording of Liebermann’s “Concerto for Flute and Orchestra Op.39” with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra led to a rewarding connection between Zukerman and the orchestra. Last summer, the relationship continued to flourish with her performance of Mozart’s concerto for Flute and Harp (with Yolanda Kondonassis) in the opening concert of the Vail Valley Music Festival.

Recognized with an Emmy nomination for her work as a broadcast journalist, Zukerman interviewed and created more than 300 portraits as an Arts Correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning.” Her interview subjects included James Levine, Seiji Ozawa, Leontyne Price, Marilyn Horne, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Hirshfeld, Julie Taymor, Dame Maggie Smith, David Hyde Pierce, Mikhail Barishnikov, Savion Glover, Peter Martins, Daniel Barenboim and Isaac Stern. She has also been a guest on NBC’s “Today Show,” CBS’ “Morning Show” and the “Charlie Rose Show,” and appeared in numerous specials on PBS.

An innovator, she embraced the Internet early on and founded ClassicalGenie, an Internet company that provides video content to music schools, artists, managers, orchestras and other institutions for use on their Web sites. Recent clients include the Manhattan School of Music’s 50th Anniversary celebration and The Harlem School of the Arts’ million-dollar fundraising appeal.

In addition to her television appearances and online presence, Zukerman’s discography is impressive. She has more than two dozen discs to her credit, including releases on the Delos, SONY Classical, Pro Arte, Vox Cum Laude and Newport Classic labels. Her most recent recording, “Flesh & Stone: The Songs of Jake Heggie” was released on the Americus label with all proceeds benefiting Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS.

Zukerman studied English at Barnard College and received a bachelor’s degree in music from The Juilliard School, where she studied with renowned flutist Julius Baker. She received an honorary doctorate from Knox College in Illinois and was elected to the New York Institute for the Humanities. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Music and a frequent guest teacher at conservatories nationwide. Most recently she created and taught a multi-disciplinary two-week residency at The Hartt School. The 2010-2011 academic program spanned the disciplines of creative writing, music, education and health sciences.

Admission is a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $5 for students.

The church is located at 701 Florida Ave., just west of King College.

For more information, call the church at (423) 764-7176.

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