Erika Raum, described as "one of Canada's most talented young string players," is the next featured artist in the Lakes Area Concert Association season.
The violinist, with piano accompaniment by Lydia Wong, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 16 in Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Middle School.
The concert is open to season ticket holders only but seasonal passes are available at the door, according to an association spokeswoman.
Who: Erika Raum
Where: Tornstrom Auditorium
When: 7:30 p.m. March 16
Cost: Seasonal passes available at the door
With Raum, the season shifts to classical music where the young Canadian has been stringing together a long list of successes, starting with the grand prize at the 1992 Joseph Szigeti International Violin Competition in Budapest.
Now she tours the world as a recitalist, chamber musician and guest soloist with orchestras in Europe, Canada and elsewhere. Her itinerary as a soloist includes stops with the Vienna Symphony, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the Edmonton Symphony and many other groups.
At 28, she is billed as "one of Canada's rising stars" in classical music, according to her tour manager, Andrew Kwan, who runs a Toronto-based artist management company.
Raum has just started a 12-concert tour of the United States, her first, in an effort to expand her audience in this country, Kwan said in a telephone interview this week.
"The next step for her is the American market," he said, "and this tour begins the exposure" that will help build her reputation among classical music lovers.
Raum hails from Saskatchewan province where she is a "hometown favorite" in Regina, where she was born in 1972, Kwan said.
Raum's mother, Elizabeth, is a familiar classical composer to Canadian audiences and in 1993 was commissioned by the Regina Symphony Orchestra to write a concerto for her daughter.
The resulting work -- "Faces of Woman" -- was later featured on a national radio broadcast, Kwan said.
The manager said Raum is recognized for her "artistic expression and interpretation" as well as her "melodic flair and lyricism."
For more information on the concert series, contact Betty Alderman at 829-3379. The Glenn Miller Orchestra concludes the season May 8.
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