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Local violinist to perform at Trinity UM

PHOTO PROVIDED Brian Curtin will perform at Trinity United Methodist church, in Bellefonte.

BELLEFONTE — Trinity United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the Pa. Council of the Arts, will present a concert by violinist Brian Curtin on Sunday, August 11, 2019, at 2:30 PM. He will be accompanied by pianist Hyun Ju Curtin. The concert is free and open to the public, and will be presented in the second floor sanctuary. The church is handicap accessible with limited handicap parking and is located at 128 W. Howard St. (corner of West Howard and North Spring) in Bellefonte’s downtown Historic District.

Brian Curtin has been playing the violin since age five and has received many awards for his performances, including first place in Williamsport Symphony’s Young Artists Competition and a performance with that Symphony; first place in the Phyllis Tviolo competition and a performance of Paganini’s La Campanella with the Nittany Valley Symphony.

Brian has served as concertmaster for the Central Pa. Youth Orchestra, performed in the PMEA All-State Orchestra, and received performance merit scholarships for three summers of study at Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.

Brian has studied locally with Patricia Thayer, Lisa Raymond, Professor James Lyon and Professor Max Zorin and performed the past five years with Concerts at Trinity during Bellefonte Victorian Christmas.

Later this month, Brian will be entering Carnegie Mellon University’s performance degree program where he will be studying with 20 year concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony and international artist Maestro Andres Cardenes.

Brian will be assisted by Korean-born pianist Hyun Ju Curtin, who acquired her Artist Certificate in Piano Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. She has performed throughout Korea and the United States, and held positions on the Piano Faculty of Soonchun National University and Changsam National University in Korea, and at Brigham Young and Utah State University in the U.S. Mrs. Curtin is a Steinway artist and is a board member and featured artist with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra.

Selections for this concert include Sonata in D Major by Beethoven, Sonata No. 3 in D Minor by Eugene Ysaya, Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane (rhapsodie) and several Caprices by legendary violinist/composer Paganini.