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Cherry Hill piano concert to feature American composers

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Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 8:50 am | Updated: 8:51 am, Wed Feb 14, 2018.

Pianist Jonathan Levin will perform music of several lauded American composers at Cherry Hill on Sunday, Feb. 18. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature music of Gershwin, George Walker and William Grant Still with Levin’s arrangements of the compositions.

While Gershwin’s music is well known throughout the world, the works of African-Americans Walker and Still are less familiar. Walker was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize in music, honoring his work entitled, “Lilacs,” in 1996. Still, born in 1895, was the first African-American to have a major orchestra play one of his compositions. He was also a first in conducting an American orchestra.

Levin, hailed as “a pianist with a brain…,” has established a reputation as an enthusiastic and compelling advocate for classical music, creating integrated programs that garner connections with audiences through illuminating discussion and example.

Born in North Carolina, Levin made his debut with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra when he was 15.  Since then, he has played in diverse locations, including Moscow, Washing-ton, D.C., Carnegie Hall and Ontario, Canada. He has played solo recitals and taught master classes across the country.

The recipient of many prizes and honors, Levin recently was awarded second prize at the George Gershwin Brooklyn International Music Competition, as well as a special prize for Best Performance of American Music. His solo recital debut at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2016 presented his new program entitled, “American Portraits.”

Levin is artistic director and founder of the Clayton Piano Festival, which seeks to create accessible, educational concerts and music presentations that enrich the cultural life of the area. A sought-after collaborative pianist, Levin has appeared on the Vox Novus/RTB Composers Voice Concert Series and has worked closely with respected voice teachers Paul Sperry and Monica Harte.

Admission will be taken at the door at $10 for adults, $5 for students and no charge for children 12 and under. A reception will follow the program, and the1850s plantation house will be open to visitors. 

For more information, visit the website cherryhillconcerts.com or call 252-257-5259. 

Cherry Hill is on Highway 58, Warrenton, in the Inez community.