Violin-piano duo to give recital and lecture

For immediate release: Nov. 1, 2010

BLOOMSBURG — Violinist John Michael Vaida and pianist Timothy Burns will present a lecture/demonstration Wednesday, Nov. 3, at noon in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Haas Center for the Performing Arts, room 166, and a recital at 7:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.

The concert will include duet pieces Claude Debussy’s Violin Sonata in G Minor, Johannes Brahms’s Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Violin and Piano, Alfred Schnittke’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano and Baljinder Sekhon II’s “Three Little Lights.” Vaida has performed throughout the United States and Europe as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral player, appearing in venues from Carnegie and Merkin halls in New York City to schools, libraries and small theaters.

Currently artist-in-residence and faculty at Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, he is adjunct professor of violin at Misericordia University and teaches at the Hamilton Madison House in Manhattan. Burns is an experienced chamber musician and piano accompanist for instrumentalists and vocalists. He has performed across northeastern United States and Canada, with recent appearances in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Scranton; and Rochester, N.Y. Burns recently served as a resident collaborative artist for the newly formed King Award Competition in Kansas.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.