Tada offers dad's day concert to benefit scholarships

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010

Steve Tada and Lodowick Crofoot will offer a selection of delightful pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, and Gershwin on Sunday as a special Father’s Day gift to the community and a benefit for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Fine Arts Scholarship Fund.

Tada is well-known to Juneau audiences as the principal violinist for the Juneau Symphony, violinist with the Bravura String Quartet, leader of the Fiery Gypsies and performer with CrossSound. He began violin lessons at the age of five through the Seattle Suzuki School under Mihiko Hirata and Kazuo Nakamura, which included a lesson with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. He later studied with Denes Zsigmondy at the University of Washington. In 1981, he spent his first summer at the Zsigmondys’ Holzhausen Music Festival in Bavaria. There he met Boston-area musician Crofoot.

Crofoot is a long-time piano instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy. During the 1980s, he spent four summers in Bavaria playing chamber music and accompanying master classes for his teachers Denes Zsigmondy (his favorite violinist) and Anneliese Nissen Zsigmondy at their Holzhausen Music Festival. He has also studied chamber music with Giovanni Bagarotti, Louis Persinger, Paul Makanowitzky, and Robert Koff, and piano with Klaus Goetze, Luise Vosgerchian, Jacob Maxin and Jeaneane Dowis. He is an avid chamber music performer, with a special love for violin music that began at the age of six when his mother took him to hear his first concert, by Fritz Kreisler (his other favorite violinist).

The performance will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Admission is pay-as-you-can. Join the artists following the concert for a popcorn and popsicle reception.

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