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Madison welcomes piano and violin duo Friday
, Courier Staff Writer
Thursday, November 01, 2012 11:00 AM
An artist in residence and a visiting artist in violin from Kentucky Wesleyan College plan to perform as part of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation concert series Friday.
Diane Earle and Alfred Abel will perform piano and violin solos and duets at Madison Presbyterian Church, 202 Broadway. Both musicians have performed internationally, as well as across the United States. Both performers have also entertained listeners on WUOL radio - a classical music station based in Louisville, Ky. - which was how the Madison Performing Arts Foundation first heard of the duo, Lynn Maricle with the Madison Performing Arts Foundation said.
"We though it would be great to share with the (community)," Maricle said of the performance.
This is Earle and Abel's first appearance in the concert series, Maricle said. The duo will perform classical pieces for the community Friday. Each musician will perform solo pieces during the performance.
Earle was appointed Artist in Residence earlier this year at Kentucky Wesleyan College after teaching at the school for more than two decades. The position allows Earle to further her performances internationally, nationwide and locally. She has performed in eight countries and in 28 states nationwide. Earle had performed two extensive China tours, in Rome, Italy, Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Kentucky Educational Television and more.
Earle received her bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati, and earned a master's degree and doctoral degree in piano performance and literature from Ohio State University.
Abel is the Visiting Artist in Violin at Kentucky Wesleyan College and has served as the concertmaster of the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra since 1986. Abel also teaches at Wabash College and is the conductor of the Wabash College Chamber Orchestra. He has also served as the concertmaster of the Kokomo Symphony, the conductor of the Indianapolis Youth Orchestra and the Greater Indianapolis Youth Symphony and more.
Abel has also served as the adjunct professor of music theory at Butler University and adjunct violin professor at Purdue University. He has toured with the St. Alban Quartet in Germany, Spain and Italy, as well as other performances with his wife, violist Colette Grossman Abel.
Abel received a bachelor's degree in classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in violin performance from Butler University.
All of the Madison Performing Arts Foundation events are family-friendly and open to the public. There is no charge for the concerts, but donations will be accepted to help with costs of future performances. Doors to the Madison Presbyterian Church will open by 6:30 p.m. The performance will begin at 7 p.m.
The next performance in the Madison Performing Arts Foundation series will feature the Louisville Brass in concert at Trinity United Methodist Church on Dec. 8.
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