World-Class Violinist Ariadne Daskalakis Returns "Home" to Boston Area in "Viennese Masters" Concert in Newton with American Born Pianist Anthony Spiri

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In May 2012 as part of the Suzuki School of Newton's Artist Concert Series, locally born violinist Ariadne Daskalakis will perform works by C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Webern in the Wilson Chapel in Newton Centre. All proceeds benefit music scholarships for needy families. This concert also in Kiep Auditorium of German House in New York City.

"Stylish accounts of Handel....Ariadne Daskalakis makes her violin sing eloquently..." (La Strada)

The Internationally renowned violinist, Ariadne Daskalakis, returns to her home town this May to perform and give a master-class at the Suzuki School of Newton. The concert which will take place in the Wilson Chapel on Sunday, May 6th at 4 p.m. located at 210 Herrick Road in Newton Centre on the Andover Newton Theological School campus. The venue is reachable by the green line Newton Centre T stop. Ariadne Daskalakis will be joined by the American born, international pianist Anthony Spiri. Their program of Viennese Masters is bound to be a wonderful event for those lucky enough to secure a ticket.

Ms Daskalakis, who lives in Germany from where she pursues a very busy career both as a soloist and Professor of violin at the Hochschule für Musik Köln said: “I started violin when I was almost six years old. There was no Suzuki School in Newton at the time but I started lessons with Emily Sandler, whom I loved. I loved my lessons but I disliked practising and kept that to a minimum.” she added. At the age of nine she started studying with Eric Rosenblith at the New England Conservatory Preparatory School. “Many people at NEC Prep were very supportive of my development.” Rosenblith consistently encouraged her to pursue a career as a professional musician. At age 16, Ms. Daskalakis performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the Boston Pops Orchestra with Harry Ellis Dickson, conducting.

Advanced purchase tickets available by phone 617.964.4522 or online: http://www.suzukinewton.org. Patron tickets including a special benefit reception with food and beverages is $125/adult, $60/child or senior. Concert only tickets are $30/adult and $15/child or senior at the door, with a $5 discount for tickets purchased in advance. Wilson Chapel, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Centre MA 02459. Reception is in the Noyes Hall immediately following the concert.

All proceeds from the “Viennese Masters” concert will benefit the school’s need-based scholarship fund. This enables financial assistance to ten per cent of the student body who would otherwise not be able to afford the benefits of this high quality musical education program. Since the school’s learning approach is based upon “nurture” rather than “nature” supporting students who would normally not be able to afford private music lessons is an important part of the mission of the school. The school has one of the largest single concentration of Suzuki education in the nation.

The school has an integrated arts preschool with 30 students, a teacher development program, and has 18 Suzuki trained faculty in various instruments. With the growth of the school over its 26 year history, it has existed in five different locations. Its current home in the Newton Cultural Center has been ideal because of the synergistic relationship among all the tenants in the building including the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and the Arts in the Parks recreation programs. The building is slated to be taken back by the Newton public schools in summer 2013, so the Suzuki School of Newton is currently looking for a new home.

On Monday, May 7th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. there will be a free public masterclass taught by Ms. Daskalakis which features Suzuki violin students performing movements from the Violin Sonatas in D major, A major and F major by G. Handel. Ms. Daskalakis has recently released a CD on Handel’s complete Violin sonatas, receiving critical acclaim from La Strada magazine as best CD pick of the month in January 2012:
"Stylish accounts of Handel....Ariadne Daskalakis makes her violin sing eloquently..." The public is invited to share in this informative and enjoyable session learning the craft of polishing these magnificent works as experienced through the young and accomplished students of the school. The master class is suitable for audience members of all ages and will be in the auditorium which is handicap accessible.

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