Photo courtesy of Indiana University
Photo courtesy of Indiana University
A musical group returns to Hanover College as part of the Community Arts Series on Friday.

The Violin Virtuosi is made up of a collection of violinists, violists and cellists between the ages of 12 and 18 who perform as soloists and as an ensemble, a release said. The performers study at the String Academy at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

These gifted students participate in an intense musical curriculum including weekly private lessons, chamber music, theory, master classes and Virtuosi rehearsals, the Indiana University Violin Virtuosi website said.

The students perform the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Friedrich Kreisler, Sergei Prokofiev, Antonio Vivaldi, Dmitri Shostakovich, Jean Sibelius, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Georg Telemann and other innovative contemporary compositions written for the ensemble.

Violin Virtuosi last performed at Hanover College in 2009, a release said. The group of performers have toured the world since their last visit, including concerts at Carnegie Recital Hall and shows in France, Italy, Japan, Spain and Sweden.

The Virtuosi has also performed on National Public Radio programs including "From the Top" and "Prairie Home Companion." A documentary about the group, "Circling Around - The Violin Virtuosi," which was released by Public Television in 2006 and received an Emmy nomination.

The group performs under the direction of Mimi Zweig. Brenda Brenner and Susan Moses serves as co-directors of the group.

Violin Virtuosi will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in the Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts. Advanced tickets for the performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 65 and up, and $5 for youth. Tickets are $15 the day of the performance.

Tickets are available by calling the Hanover College Box Office at 866-7110 or online at www.hanover.edu/arts.