Bay College presents holiday concert: Sounds of the Season

ESCANABA — Join Bay College and the talented violinist, Paul Lundin, and acclaimed pianist, Robert Conway, for an evening of light classical including Vivaldi’s famous “Winter,” a potpourri of Fritz Kreisler works and a few holiday favorites at the Strings on the Bay: Sounds of the Season.

This holiday concert will be held in the Besse Theater on Main Campus in Escanaba at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12 for the public and $6 for K-Bay students and employees.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.baycollege.tix.com, calling 906-217-4045, or at the door.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m.

According to a press release: “The college asks that you and your family do not come on to campus if feeling ill or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Masks will be required while on campus and throughout the duration of the performance. Thank you for understanding and for keeping #BaySafe.”

The performers in Friday’s event include Paul Lundin (violin) who is currently living in southeastern Michigan where he is a freelance violinist. He studied at the University of Iowa where he earned bachelor and masters degrees in violin performance.

While living in Wisconsin, he performed with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Waukesha, and Green Bay Symphonies and held the post of concertmaster for the Racine Symphony from May of 2000 until 2008.

In addition to performing, Lundin was a sabbatical replacement at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (2001) and was adjunct instructor at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, for eight years.

Formerly, he was a fulltime member of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra from 1992-1999, was on the faculty of Northwestern State University and Centenary College and concertmaster of the Longview (Texas) Symphony. He received critical acclaim as soloist in Longview playing Erich Korngold’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra” in 1998.

Lundin is a native of Upper Michigan where he continues a musical presence as director of Strings on the Bay, a professional chamber music series sponsored by Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba.

This, in conjunction with the Manistique Community Concert Committee Summer Concert Series, is a post he has held since 1994.

Robert Conway (piano) is an associate professor of piano at Wayne State University, where he is also the director of the piano area.

Since 1989, he has performed regularly as orchestral keyboardist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has been a soloist with them on several occasions. In 2013, he performed the solo piano part to Symphony No. 4 by Charles Ives in Carnegie Hall as part of the Detroit Symphony’s presentation of the complete symphonies of Ives. He has served as a musical representative of the United States as an Artistic Ambassador of the United States Information Agency on a tour of South Asia and the Middle East in 1997, as well as acting as a Department of State Cultural Envoy to Jamaica in 2005 and Azerbaijan in 2008.

As a soloist and chamber musician, he has appeared at numerous national and international festivals, performed concertos with many orchestras, collaborated with prestigious composers, given countless premieres and is featured on several recordings on numerous labels. In 2009, he performed as part of the American Romanian Festival in Timisoara and Sannicolau Mare, Romania.

Conway received a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the New England Conservatory and master’s and doctoral degrees in piano performance from the University of Michigan. His principal teachers were Theodore Lettvin, Rudolf Kolisch and Eugene Bossart.

Next week at Bay College, the Marquette Symphony Orchestra is performing Sounds of the Holiday Quartette at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

The performance will be held in the Besse Theater on main campus in Escanaba.

For tickets or more information, visit www.baycollege.tix.com


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