Monday, August 26, 2013

Venezuela Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster to Perform for A Little Lunch Music, September 12, 2013

UPDATED 9/5/13 - On Thursday, September 12, 2013, from noon to 1:00 pm, the Lopez-Tabor Duo will perform at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art as part of its A Little Lunch Music series. Sponsoring the performance is OLLI at Auburn and Nick & Carolyn Davis. Please read the impressive artist biographies below and visit the duo's website for audio samples and video links. This promises to be a very exciting performance. For more about the series, click here. The performance will be held in the Martin-Perricone Auditorium.

I'd just like to highlight and repeat here that the violinist performing on this date for our little series is the concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra. Please excuse me while I type a bunch of undignified exclamation points.


Michelle Tabor and Alfonso Lopez of the Lopez-Tabor Duo
The Lopez Tabor Duo, Alfonso Lopez, violin, and Michelle Tabor, piano, have performed and toured together in the southeastern U.S. and Venezuela since 2004. Alfonso Lopez is one of the most prominent and versatile musicians of his country. He holds the important position of concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the national and principal orchestra. He is also a conductor, teacher, and composer. Michelle Tabor grew up in Venezuela and now lives in Tallahassee, FL. She holds doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in music from Florida State University, the University of Denver, and Tulane University. You can find more information and videos of live performances of the Lopez Tabor Duo on their website:

Extended Biographies

Alfonso Lopez, violinist, conductor, composer, and teacher, is one of the most versatile and prominent musicians of his generation in Venezuela. He is the concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra (OSV) which, as the national symphony, is the oldest and the principal orchestra of the country. He regularly conducts the OSV several times each season, is the conductor and music director of a youth orchestra that plays Venezuelan folk music, and is often a guest conductor of other orchestras. He is a professor of violin at the Emil Friedman School, the outstanding private musical and general educational institution in the country. Mr. Lopez received his high school diploma from the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan; then completed a B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) and an M.A. (Highest Honors) in music from the University of Michigan. He has also received advanced musical training in Austria and England. His principal violin teachers were Emil Friedman, Julia Bushkova, and Paul Kantor. As a concertmaster, he has performed with various orchestras in international festivals, the chamber orchestra Virtuosi de Caracas, and the Camerata Criolla. He has performed as a soloist with the OSV on several occasions. He is a founding member and first violinist of the Friedman String Quartet, an ensemble that has performed many times in the most important concert halls in Caracas. His orchestral work, Caribe Pirana, was premiered in 2000 by the OSV, with Juan Carlos Nunez conducting. His String Serenade (2007) has been performed in Russia (world premiere), Belarus, the U.S., several Latin American countries, and was premiered in Venezuela with himself as conductor of the OSV in 2008. Outside of Venezuela he has concertized as a soloist in Spain, Italy, the U.S., Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Michelle Tabor, pianist, holds B.F.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in piano and theory from Tulane University in New Orleans, the University of Denver, and Florida State University, respectively. She has also pursued her research interests in Latin American art music of the twentieth century and has published articles about the Argentinian composers Alberto Ginastera and Juan Carlos Paz in the journal, Latin American Music Review of the University of Texas Press. She has presented lecture/recitals and research papers at national and regional meetings of the College Music Society (CMS), regional meetings of the American Musicological Society, and at an international conference on Latin American music held in Chicago, IL in 1993, where she presented an invited paper. She served as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Southern Chapter of the CMS from 1997 to 1999, and during the fall semester of 1999 was a Visiting Assistant Professor of music theory at Florida State University. Since 2000 she has concentrated more on performance. In 2001 she presented a series of recitals in Caracas, Venezuela with flutist Dr. Karen Garrison, a member of the music faculty at Auburn University, AL. With Venezuelan violinists, she has performed recitals in the southeastern U.S. during numerous tours since 2000; and with these violinists has presented lecture/recitals at national and regional meetings of the CMS. She has performed with Alfonso Lopez in the U.S. and Venezuela since 2004. In Caracas, Lopez and Tabor have performed in prominent chamber music series and festivals such as Pro Musica de Camara, the Friedman Festival of Chamber Music, and the series Recital con la Sinfonica at the Asociacion Cultural Humboldt. Dr. Tabor grew up in Caracas and lives in Tallahassee, FL.  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for writing about this upcoming performance of the Lopez Tabor Duo. I invite you to check out our facebook page. Warm regards,
    Alfonso Lopez, violinist