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String Poet Studio Series at LI Violin Shop

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String Poet presents its final event of its 2011 inaugural season of the Studio Series with the poetry of W.F. Lantry and the melodies of violinist Gabriel Schaff. The event starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, at the Long Island Violin Shop. Open mic to follow.

Tickets are $5 advance/online, $6 at the door.

W.F. Lantry, a native of San Diego, received his Licence and Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice, M.A. in English from Boston University, and PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.

He is the recipient of the Paris/Atlantic Young Writers Award, and in 2010 won the Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (in Israel), the Crucible Poetry Prize and the CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize. His work has appeared in The Wallace Stevens Journal, Prairie Fire, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Unsplendid and Aesthetica. He currently works in Washington, DC and is a contributing editor of Umbrella Journal.

Gabriel Schaff is a free-lance violinist in the greater New York area and performs regularly as a tenured member with many of the leading symphony, opera, and ballet ensembles in the region, in addition to frequent chamber and recital collaborations.

In recent seasons he has appeared with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra on their North American tour, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, Long Island Philharmonic, Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Glimmerglass Opera Festival, and on Broadway in “The Producers” and “Wicked”, and in Paul Shaffer’s orchestra on “The Late Show” with David Letterman.

He is the concertmaster of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra in New York City. His second CD of vocal chamber music with tenor Martin Dillon was released in 2004 on Ganymede Records, and he is currently working on a recording project which juxtaposes contemporary music for solo violin with Bach’s B minor Partita, as well as recent live performances with pianists Richard Alston and Thomas Carlo Bo, which explore neglected works of the grand Romantic tradition of the 19th century.

He is the founder and artistic director of the Englewood Chamber Players, a non-profit organization which brings together some of the finest musicians in the New York area who perform music of the highest caliber for the communities in which they live, as well as traveling to those unable to attend traditional concerts.

Kathleen Riley, Ph.D., is a nationally known performer, lecturer and clinician on performance, technique and injury prevention. As piano soloist, Dr. Riley has performed extensively in the New York metropolitan area as well as abroad. She has appeared as guest soloist with orchestras performing the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. She has performed as a collaborative artist in the United States and Europe.

New York performances include Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall and Frederick Loewe Theater at NYU. Dr. Riley is the Music Performance & Rehabilitation Specialist for YMWI, Clinical Director of ProformaVision™ and a Yamaha Artist in Education. Her work has been published in many peer reviewed journals.

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