Duo MemDi in Recital at the Community Center for the Arts! Duo MemDi will present a recital on Saturday, March 2, at 3pm at the C4A, the Community Center for the Arts, 202 W. Main St, in Urbana, IL. The recital, featuring violinist Igor Kalin and pianist Rochelle Sennet, is free to the public. The recital will include contemporary works by African-American composers as well as Beethoven and Kreisler. For details please visit our FaceBook Event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2326 548104062479/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 217.384.5150. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. More details about the concert: The first part of the recital is dedicated to music by African-American composers and will include Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano by James Lee III. Dr. Lee is Associate Professor of Music at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. His music is performed by some of the most established orchestras in the United States, including Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others. They will also perform compositions by prominent African-American composers Clarence Cameron White and H. Leslie Adams. In the second half of the concert, the duo will perform Sonata No. 7 for Piano and Violin by Ludwig van Beethoven and Paganini’s La Campanella, arranged by Fritz Kreisler. Duo MemDi was founded by violinist Igor Kalnin and pianist Rochelle Sennet in the summer of 2010, when they served on the faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. The objective of Duo MemDi is to perform music that embraces the diversity of world cultures. Particularly, they focus on commissioning and performing music of composers from underrepresented groups. All of their live performances are from memory – a rare feat in the world of chamber music. They feel that it allows for a connection to composers’ ideas in a more holistic and insightful way. These ideals inspired the name of the duo: Mem[ory] and Di[versity] = MemDi. Violinist Igor Kalnin has performed internationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and an orchestra leader, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Dr. Rochelle Sennet, Associate Professor of Piano at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has established herself as a well-known performer, teacher, and scholar. Her recordings and recital programs showcase her versatility at the keyboard, with frequent performances of works by Bach, Beethoven, and African-American composers such as H. Leslie Adams, Jeffrey Mumford, James Lee III, and Pulitzer-Prize winning composer George Walker.