On Sunday, October 27, 2019, the Grace Church Concert Series in The Plains, VA features violinist Andrew Sords and pianist Timothy Durkovic in a program of Romantic Masterpieces for Violin and Piano.  Sords and Durkovic will thrill in a program of romantic favorites by Beethoven, Franck, and Hubay’s virtuosic Carmen Fantasie. Shorter works by Vitali and Bloch will add intrigue and Hebraic themes.

Violinist Andrew Sords has had a celebrated career on four continents as a soloist, and with his trio. Sords is noted for combining visceral virtuosity with a ravishing tone, and is lauded as “utterly radiant” (Canada’s Arts Forum) and “exceptionally heartfelt and soulful” (St. Maarten’s Daily Herald). Sords has received numerous awards and distinctions reflecting his career trajectory, including the 2012 Pittsburgh Concert Society Career Grant and the 2005 National Shirley Valentin Award. In 2019/20, Sords will tour extensively with the Beethoven sonata and trio cycles, the Triple Concerto and Violin Concerto, and his complete chamber music in celebration of the composer’s 250th anniversary.

Pianist Timothy Durkovic is an active soloist and chamber musician, collaborating regularly with some of the world’s finest instrumentalists and vocalists including Lynn Harrell, Martin Chalifour, Helen Callus, Movses Pogossian, Timothy Landauer, Richard O’Neil, Jonathan Mack, the Calder Quartet, the Miró Quartet, and the Casal Quartet. He is the Grand Prize Winner of the 1996 Los Angeles Liszt Competition, as well as a winner of the Beverly Hills Auditions, the Carmel Music Society Competition, the 2001 San Diego Duo Piano Competition, and the 2001 IBLA Grand Prize Duo Award (Sicily, Italy) with his duo partner Chie Nagatani, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Master’s Graduate Award from the USC Thornton School of Music.

The performance will be at 5 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main Street, The Plains, VA 20198.  A catered reception with the artists will follow in the Parish Hall. Tickets are $25 – Student tickets are $15 – Youth under 18 are admitted free, but must be accompanied by an adult. Additional information and tickets are available online at www.gracetheplains.org or by calling the church office at (540) 253-5177, ext. 107.

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