Violin recital: Gloria Kitto Lewis and Camerata players perform July 29 at Cross in the Woods
Gloria Kitto Lewis (Courtesy photo / July 20, 2012)
They will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Adagio in E Major KV 216; Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in d minor RV 514 for Two Violins; and Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in d minor.
Lewis and the musicians who will join her -- Gabe Bolkosky, violinist, and Lydia Qiu, collaborative pianist -- are all active as performers around the world and as supporters of the arts. Each year, Lewis presents solo recitals and concerts with the Ann Arbor Camerata mainly in Michigan and in Florence, Italy. She carries on an active music ministry at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Ann Arbor, and in the summer at Cross in the Woods, Indian River.
As a retired member of the English department of Wayne State University, she continues her interdisciplinary studies of American arts. She has served on the boards of the Flint Institute of Arts and Flint's Musical Performing Arts Association, and is currently the president of the board of the Ann Arbor Camerata, the resident professional chamber ensemble she founded with her late husband, professor Ralph B. Lewis.
Bolkosky, a violinist well known to audiences in the Great Lakes area and elsewhere, presents recitals and releases CDs filled with an array of classical, contemporary works and non-traditional works. Bolkosky regularly works in collaboration with major composers such as William Bolcom, William Albright, Michael Dougherty and Bright Sheng. He directs Phoenixfest! as well as Phoenixfest Grande!, two amateur chamber music festivals in Ann Arbor, and serves as the executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, a resource for artists and educational institutions. He also maintains a private violin studio in Ann Arbor.
Qiu is currently the coordinator of Accompanying Services at The University of Michigan. She also works as a vocal coach and a collaborative pianist. Qiu came to the United States from Chengdu, China in 1996, and returns each year to China to teach master classes in conservatories such as Central Conservatory in Beijing and Shanghai Conservatory.
Admission is free to the July 29 concert in Indian River. Goodwill contributions to the Cross in the Woods Endowment Fund are requested.