Noted Musicians Elena Urioste, Violin and Benjamin Loeb, Piano at Plymouth State University Silver Center Nov. 4

October 25th, 2011 by Elizabeth

Plymouth, N.H. –The Silver Series for the Performing Arts will present Elena Urioste, violin and Benjamin Loeb, piano in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University.


Elena Urioste

Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 13, Elena Urioste has made acclaimed debuts with major orchestras throughout the United States. She debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has returned annually as soloist. Her debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2010 and was hailed for “hypnotic delicacy”  “expressive poise” and “lyrical sensitivity.” Critics and audiences have noted her lush tone, the nuanced lyricism of her playing and her commanding stage presence.

Urioste was first-prize winner of the Sion International Violin Competition, where she also received the audience prize and the prize for best performance of the competition’s newly commissioned work. She has performed on radio shows From the Top and Performance Today and on television on NBC’s Today Show and on Telemundo.  She was a McGraw Young Artists Showcase performer for a live studio audience at WQXR’s Green Space in New York City.

Urioste is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Julliard School.

Benjamin Loeb, known to New Hampshire audiences as 2011 music director for the New Hampshire Music Festival, has been praised as a concert pianist by the Boston Globe, noting that “his vigorous, cogent playing signaled the kind of equally weighted partnership, plus competition, plus mutual quest, etc. that makes this music live.”


Benjamin Loeb

Loeb is an accomplished conductor, accompanist, soloist, arranger and educator. In his home state of Texas, he has been called “a walking genius of unique ideas for making concerts fun to perform and hear, as well as subtly exposing youngsters to the pleasures of good music…” [El Paso, Inc.] while his recent performance with the Greater Bridgeport, [Conn.] Symphony Orchestra was called “a double threat” for both playing and conducting by the Connecticut Post.

Loeb’s concerts have taken him around the world to major venues and performances on radio and television in New York City, San Francisco, Berlin, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo, Panama City, Helsinki, and St. Petersburg and on tours across the United States.  As one of the last artistic ambassadors for the U.S. Information Agency, Loeb toured Argentina and Chile with clarinetist David Gresham.

Loeb earned a BA from Harvard University, a MM from Curtis Institute and a DMA from the Julliard School.

At Plymouth State, Urioste and Loeb will perform Mozart’s Sonata KV378, Prokofiev’s Sonata #1 in F minor, Michael Brown’s Echoes of Byzantium and the Richard Strauss Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 18.

Tickets for the November 4 concert are $30 for adults, $28 for seniors and $15 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.  Tickets are also available online at Convenience fees apply.

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