This Sunday, Jan. 12, Alfonso Lopez, pianist and concert master of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, will be performing in Apalachicola with violinist Michelle Tabor.
The concert begins at 4 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 79 6th Street, and is presented as part of the INConcert series of programs by the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts.
Lopez, one of Venezuela’s most accomplished musicians, was twice nominated for the Latin Grammy Award, in 2013 and 2017.
Lopez and Tabor, who perform as the Lopez Tabor Duo, have been playing together for 15 years. Their INConcert performance, “Music from Europe and South America,” features Sonatas for Piano and Violin by Arcangelo Corelli and Cesar Franck in the first half of the performance.
The music then takes listeners to South America in the second half of the performance, with lively selections including a Scherzo-Tarantelle, an Estrellita, Malaguena, and several Merengue pieces including works by Lopez as well as composers Manuel Ponce, Ernesto Lecuona, and Cruz Felipe Iriarte.
Lopez is one of the most prominent musicians of his generation in Venezuela. He conducts a youth orchestra that specializes in Venezuelan folk music, is a professor of violin at the Emil Friedman School, and received both a bachelor and masters in music from the University of Michigan.
Tabor holds a bachelor of fine arts from Tulane University, a masters of arts from the University of Denver, and a doctorate in piano and theory from Florida State University. In addition to performing with Lopez, she presents lectures/recitals and research papers at national and regional meetings of the College Music Society.
Since 2000 she has concentrated more in areas of performance, and often does recitals with flutist Dr. Karen Garrison of the music faculty at Auburn University.
The Lopez Tabor duo have traveled extensively to perform and have been featured at festivals such as Pro Musica de Camar, the Friedman Festival of Chamber Music, the Recital con la Sinfonica at the Asociacion Cultural Humboldt, and the Centro Cultural Croata.
Admission to Sunday’s performance is $10, payable in cash at the door. Seating is open and unreserved.
Immediately following the performance there will be a reception at Trinity’s Benedict Hall where attendees can enjoy light refreshments and meet the performers.