Bennington Program to Revisit the Romantic Era
Violinist and Bennington College faculty member Kaori Washiyama and recent Bennington graduate Tony Lu will perform a program of works from the Romantic Era at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, located at 200 Pleasant Street in Bennington. The concert is co-sponsored by Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Bennington Council of the Arts. Admission will be by donation. The performers will speak briefly about the pieces they will present to provide insights into the context and structure of the program.
Washiyama is founding director of a well-established chamber music series in Japan. In addition to receiving numerous honors in her native country, she was first-prize winner of the Lipizer Violin Competition and recipient of the prestigious Rode Award in Italy. She is a core member of In the Music Room, which performs in distinguished music rooms throughout southern California. Other recent American appearances have taken place in Boston, New York, and San Francisco.
Lu is a 2018 Bennington graduate where he studied piano performance. Born in Wuhan, China, he started learning to play the piano at age five; due to visual impairment, he learned by ear. He has performed with various chamber music groups and orchestras both in high school and college, and is an active faculty member of Sonata International Piano Camp and Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp in Bennington. He regularly returns to China to teach, perform and conduct master classes in performance.