Bulgarian Viola Music

Oct. 15, 2012 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Lisa Nelson, adjunct instructor of violin and viola at Illinois Wesleyan University, will present a two-part concert titled "Bulgarian Viola Music: Pedagogical & Concert Repertoire." The first portion of the concert will take place on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Evelyn Chapel (1301 N. Park St., Bloomington) and the second performance will be held on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m., also in Evelyn Chapel. Both events are free and open to the public.

On Friday, the concert will feature IWU String Preparatory Department students, of which Nelson is the coordinator, and Eva Ferguson, professor of music, accompanying on the piano. The program will include Calling to Draganka by Nedyalcho Kissimov and Rondo by Vassil Lolov. Nelson will give a brief lecture on Bulgarian music.

Sunday's event will feature Nelson on the viola, playing Bulgarian music such as Little Suite for Solo Viola by Marin Goleminov and Aria for Solo Viola by Alexander Raychev. R. Kent Cook, IWU professor of music, will accompany Nelson on the piano. She will also give a short lecture regarding Bulgarian music this evening as well.

The concert is a part of Nelson's dissertation for her doctorate, which she is working to receive from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated from St. Olaf College of Minnesota with a bachelor of music degree in violin performance, and a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics. Nelson received her master of music degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

For additional information, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.

Contact: Shea Felde, '14, (309) 556-3181 univcomm@iwu.edu