Romanian Musicians to Perform Together

The sounds of eighteenth and nineteenth century compositions will fill the Gaertner Performing Arts Center tonight in a faculty recital featuring a guest artist from the Houston Symphony.

Violinist Rodica Gonzalez will join Sam Houston State University director of keyboard studies associate professor Ilonka Rus-Edery, D.M.A., in the performance featuring music composed by George Enescu, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Bela Bertok.

Rus-Edery said in a statement that Enescu’s second sonata for violin and piano will highlight the performance.  She said the sonata is a delightful and engaging sample from Enescu’s masterworks.

Rus-Edery, who has studied piano since the age of five, has performed worldwide at venues in Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany, Holland and the United States.  She has also collaborated with the Fort Worth Ballet and Texas Christian University.

Gonzalez has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber player throughout Romania, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Mexico and the United States.  She began her studies of violin at age four.

Currently, Gonzalez is a member of the Houston Symphony and an affiliate artist at Houston Baptist University.

Both performers not only share their musical talent but also the same place of birth: Romania. The two musicians also attended music schools in Romania as well schools in Texas.

The performance is another installment of the Guest Artist Series at the school of music, with this performance being a chamber recital.  Chamber music is a form of classical music composed for small ensembles.

The performance will be held tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the GPAC Recital Hall. Admission is free.

For more information, contact the school of music at 936-294-1360.

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