This announcement came across my Facebook feed today...
The Fifth Annual Lev Aronson Legacy Festival is upon us!! June 11-18, 2017, at the Meadows School of the Arts on the beautiful campus of Southern Methodist University, the festival includes performances and master classes by world renown cellists Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Cremaine Booker, Melissa Kraut, Tom Landschoot, and Artistic Director Brian Thornton.
This is a story that could easily been lost to history. A story of a promising musician whose career path was totally altered by the course of history. Lev Aronson first lost his beautiful cellos and bows, his blossoming career and eventually 25 members of family during the Holocaust in World War II. Yet Lev Aronson went on to become one of the most famous and influential teachers of his generation. In honor of Mr. Aronson's life, his approach to playing the cello and teaching I began a festival at the Meadows school of the arts at SMU.
Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum and many more of his most famous students will be there to teach and play recitals to influence the next generation of cellists. Please join me Brian Thornton at Meadows school of the arts at SMU June 1 through June 17 in celebrating the music and life of the incredible cello teacher Lev Aronson.
Festival schedule 2017
7 pm recital Lynn Harrell and Spencer Myer , O'Donnell Hall, SMU
10 am Lynn Harrell master class, O'Donnell Hall, SMU
3:00 pm Brian Thornton, presentation, "Living in the Moment"
7:00 pm BBQ Party
10 am Tom Landschoot master class, O'Donnell Hall, SMU
7 pm recital Tom Landschoot, O'Donnell Hall, SMU
10 am Cremaine Booker master class, O'Donnell Hall, SMU
3:00 pm Melissa Kraut presentation
7:00 pm Concert at Outside Venue with Teachers and Participants
10 am Brian Thornton master class, O'Donnell Hall, SMU
7 pm recital, Brian Thornton and Spencer Myer, O'Donnell Hall, SMU
10:00 am presentation Melissa Kraut, "On Inspiration"
3:00 pm presentation, Visiting Artists, "Finding the Best Cello for You"
7:00 pm Pizza Party
10 am Ralph Kirshbaum master class, O'Donnell Hall, SMU
7 PM recital, Ralph Kirshbaum and spencer Myer, O'Donnell Hall, SMU