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Released November 14, 2003

RUSSIAN VIOLINIST PRESENTS MASTERPIECES CONCERT

EDITORS NOTE: "Masterpieces for Violin and Piano," a concert featuring violinist Vladimir Landsman and pianist Theresa Sanchez, will be presented on the Mississippi Gulf Coast Nov. 23 in addition to the Hattiesburg performance on Nov. 24. The Coast presentation is part of the Ambassador Series and begins at 3 p.m. at the Advanced Education Center Auditorium on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus.

HATTIESBURG - "Masterpieces for Violin and Piano," will feature Russian violinist Vladimir Landsman and pianist Theresa Sanchez of Hattiesburg in concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at The University of Southern Mississippi in Marsh Auditorium. Landsman and Sanchez will also perform as part of the Ambassador Series on the Gulf Coast. The performance begins at 3 p.m. at the Advanced Education Center Auditorium on the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus.

The concert program includes music of Beethoven, Schumann, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Frolov. Admission is free and open to the public.

"Landsman is one of the world's premier violinist today," said Dr. Jay Dean, musical director of The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. "We are fortunate to have him visit our area and present a concert with our own talented pianist Theresa Sanchez. Vladimir has devoted his life and energies to music, particularly in the tradition of his Russian teacher Yuri Yankelevich. His style and technique is quite exceptional, and the concert will be a treat for the audience."

Born in 1941 in the Soviet Union, Landsman became a Canadian citizen in 1981. He began studying the violin at the early age of 5 and, by the time he was 12, he entered the Moscow School of Music, where he worked for several years with Yankelevich.

Landsman studied for four years at the Merzliyakovsky College before entering the Moscow State Conservatory, where he earned the equivalent of a western doctorate.

In 1973, he immigrated to Israel, and shortly thereafter made his American debut with Zubin Mehta at the Hollywood Bowl. Since then, he has made numerous concert tours throughout the world, performing in Europe, India, South Africa, South America, and all across Canada. Since 1975, Landsman has taught at the Music Faculty of the University of Montreal, where he is currently an associate professor.

Sanchez, a faculty member at Jones Junior College in Ellisville and president of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association, enjoys a varied performing career as a soloist and collaborative musician. She has presented recitals in the United States, Canada, and Europe, most recently during the Masters de Pontlevoy series in France.

Recent career highlights include performances with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and the Meridian Symphony Orchestra.

"Dr. Sanchez is a remarkable performer and a tremendous asset to Mississippi through her promotion of the arts," Dean said. "We have collaborated on many events, like the Ambassadors Series on the Gulf Coast, the Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival, and the Pontlevoy series in France."

Southern Nights, a recent compact disc released by the Symphony

Orchestra at Southern Miss, features Sanchez as soloist on deFalla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain. She is the founding artistic administrator for the Vicksburg International Chamber Music Festival and has performed in each series with various outstanding artists.

Sanchez has presented numerous lieder recitals with Viennese baritone Benno Schollum and Mississippi Educational Television's production of Rampal in Mississippi featured her as the pianist for Jean-Pierre Rampal's master class.

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