Peter Dugan, piano and Sean Lee, violin

Perlman Music Program alumni Sean Lee, violin and Peter Dugan, piano, will light up the stage of the PMP/Suncoast Performance Tent on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:00pm performing the music of Bach, Schubert, Paganini and their CD , “Songbook.”

Sean Lee and Peter Dugan are no strangers to fans of The Perlman Music Program (PMP) and the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency. They met in 2003 when they were both students of PMP’s Summer Music School (a/k/a “The Littles Program”). Sean was 15; Peter was 14. Sean spent several winters in Sarasota as a PMP student and now returns each year as a member of PMP’s world-class faculty, which is led by Toby Perlman and includes internationally acclaimed violinist and conductor Itzhak Perlman. Soon after meeting at PMP, the two “Littles” quickly became friends. Outside of their classical music classes, they, along with a fellow PMP student, would get together and jam on jazz standards. Ten years later, Sean and Peter performed their first classical music recital. Since then the two have toured the world and recorded the album, “Songbook.”

The Performance Tent is located on the campus of USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

PROGRAM:

J. S. Bach -- Sonata for Violin & Keyboard No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016               

F. Schubert -- Fantasie in C major for Violin and Piano, D934                               

— INTERMISSION —

N. Paganini / R. Schumann -- Selections from 24 Caprices for Violin Solo, Op. 1 with Piano Accompaniment

Selections from “Songbook” (announced from the stage)

Presented as part of PMP Alumni: Around Town

Bios

Violinist Sean Lee has captured the attention of audiences around the world with his lively performances of the classics. His playing has been hailed by The New York Times as “breathtakingly beautiful…” and with “perfect intonation and blazing rhythmic drive” by Palm Beach Daily News. A recipient of the 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Lee is one of few violinists who dare to perform Niccolò Paganini’s 24 Caprices in concert, and his YouTube series, Paganini POV, continues to draw praise for the use of technology in sharing unique perspectives and insight into violin playing. At age 17, Lee moved to New York and began studying with his longtime mentor, violinist Itzhak Perlman, at the Julliard School. He continues to call New York City home, and currently teaches at the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division, as well as The Perlman Music Program.  For a complete bio, click here.

Pianist Peter Dugan was praised by the Capital Gazette as “nothing short of superb” and by the Washington Post as a “formidable soloist,” following his recent Kennedy Center debut with baritone John Brancy.  Prizing versatility as the key to the future of classical music, Dugan is equally at home in classical, jazz, and pop idioms.  He has appeared throughout the world, and recently performed duos with violinists Itzhak Perlman and Joshua Bell in memorial concerts for Marvin Hamlisch in New York. A Philadelphia native, Dugan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in solo piano performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Matti Raekallio. He resides in New York with his wife, mezzo-soprano Kara Dugan, and serves on the piano faculty at the Juilliard School Evening Division and the St. Thomas Choir School. For a complete bio, click here.

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