Park University International Center for Music to Present Concert Featuring Husband and Wife Duo Cellist Daniel Veis and Pianist Helena Veisova

The International Center for Music at Park University will host a faculty recital concert featuring the husband and wife duo of cellist Daniel Veis and pianist Helena Veisova on Saturday, April 8. The concert will be begin at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission to the concert is free.

The concert will pay homage to composer Johannes Brahms who wrote all three selections Veis and Veisova will perform. Brahms passes away 120 years ago on April 3, 1897. The concert is scheduled to feature the following program: •“Cello Sonata No.1 in E Minor, Op. 38” •“Cello Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op. 78” •“Cello Sonata No.3 in F Major, Op. 99”

Veis, assistant professor of music/cello in the ICM, is widely recognized as the finest Czech cellist since winning first prize at the 1976 Prague Spring Competition and the silver medal at the prestigious 1978 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. After years of performing as a soloist with major orchestras and at numerous festivals, Veis was appointed permanent cello soloist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989. Later, he became professor and vice dean at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, and toured and recorded as a member of the Dvorak Piano Trio. He gives master classes worldwide and is frequently invited to serve on juries of international competitions.

Veisova graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She began to perform at age 12 with her father, legendary violin virtuoso Vaclav Snitil, and later won second prize at the international radio competition Concertino Praga in the piano trio section. Veisova subsequently started her permanent collaboration with her former trio partner and future husband, Veis. According to The Strad, “Veisova is a pianist of excellent command of her instrument, of supreme musicality and of perfect coordination when playing with other musicians.”

The ICM’s 2016-17 concert season resumes on Friday, April 21, with a concert featuring pianist Martino Tirimo. The performance, a part of the ICM’s International Guest Artist Series, will be held at the 1900 Building, 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Mission Woods, Kan., starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this concert are $20 and can be purchased at http://1900bldg.com/concerts/martinotirimo. For more information about the International Center for Music and its current season, visit www.park.edu/icm.

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