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Afternoon Music Presents Violin-Piano Duo Jan. 30 at Unitarian Church

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Afternoon Music Presents Violin-Piano Duo Jan. 30 at Unitarian Church
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Highly acclaimed musicians, violinist Deborah Buck and pianist Mitchell Vines, will collaborate in an Afternoon Music recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 30, at The Unitarian Church in Summit, 4 Waldron Ave. (at Springfield Ave.)

The program will feature sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy and Hindemith and pieces by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Scott Joplin.  The audience is invited to meet the performers at a reception following the concert in the church lobby.

Violinist Deborah Buck has built a strong musical career as chamber musician, concertmaster, and soloist.  She enjoys a versatile musical life as the first violinist of the LARK Quartet and tenured concertmaster of the Brooklyn Philharmonic.  She has toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and is also a frequent concerto soloist, appearing with the Little Orchestra Society at Alice Tully Hall, the West Virginia Symphony and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

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As recitalist, Ms. Buck has performed at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. and recently at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, where Time Out magazine hailed her “virtuosic and compelling” performance of Ysaye’s Ballade: “Sublimely evoking all five senses, it may well have been the highlight of the afternoon."

She has played alongside artists such as Itzhak Perlman and Ani Kafavian. As a founding member of Manhattan Orchesis, she performed 28 concerts in Brazil, bringing newly commissioned Brazilian composed quartets to rural and under-developed communities. In November 2010, Ms. Buck was named co-executive director of the Kinhaven Music School in Weston, Vermont, where she and her husband trombonist Anthony Mazzocchi have served on the faculty for the past eight summers.

Pianist Mitchell Vines is artistic director of Afternoon Music and music director of The Unitarian Church in Summit and Temple Israel in New York City.  His active performing career has taken him to Europe, South America, Asia and throughout the United States. The German newspaper Hessiche-Niedersachsische Allgemeine wrote, “The sensitive playing of American pianist Mitchell Vines captivated the audience.  He performed with virtuosity and bravura.”

He frequently performs with such groups as the Riverside Piano Trio, CantaLyrica Chamber Choir, and the Viva Voce Wind Quintet, as well as piano 4-hands with Paul Zeigler.  He was twice soloist with the New York Repertory orchestra, performing Bartok’s 3rd piano concerto and Milhaud’s Le Carnaval d’Aix.

Vines has performed extensively with Bernard Goldberg, former principal flutist of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and is highly in demand as a collaborative pianist and a music director for theater, opera and cabaret.  Recent recordings include a CD of compositions by Paul Zeigler and a recital with Japanese soprano Selena Miyazaki.

Afternoon Music tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors.  Students are welcome free.

Afternoon Music is funded in part by grants from the Manley-Winser Foundation, the Summit Area Public Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Division of Cultural & Heritage Affairs.

For further information, contact the church at (908) 273-3245 or www.ucsummit.org. 

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