Violinist Lara St. John to kick off the Distinguished Artists Series

by Adam Torgerson,

  • Lara St. John by Kevin Lowery

On Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Rogers Music Center, Willamette University’s Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series will feature violinist Lara St. John, who is slated to perform with pianist Martin Kennedy for the opening of the series’ 2015-16 season.

A veritable child prodigy, St. John toured Europe before her entrance at age 13 into the distinguished Curtis Institute of Music. She emerged as an artist that Los Angeles Times described as "a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava."

St. John’s performance at Willamette will include works by Claude Debussy, John Corigliano and Martin Kennedy, and it will include selections of virtuoso, Macedonian, Middle Eastern, Yiddish and European folk music.



In addition to the ticketed performance on Nov. 19, the public is welcome to attend free residency events for Willamette students, including St. John’s master class for strings on Nov. 18 and a lecture by John Corigliano on Nov. 20. Both events are from 2 to 4 p.m. in Rogers Music Center.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit willamette.edu/go/goudy or contact the music department at 503-370-6255.