Sunday, February 9

Sound & Spirit: Palermo Presents

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

Northminster Presbyterian Church

Palermo Presents
6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 9, 2020

Sound and Spirit welcomes area musicians to the Gathering Place at Northminster!

Our guests will experience a real treat! We will have our first ever concert in the Gathering Place, featuring three outstanding musicians.  Palermo Presents features Phil Palermo, Violin; Michael Strauss, Viola;  and Kent Cook, Piano in an hour long free concert of repertoire ranging from the Classical era to 21st century. On any given night, any or all three of these musicians might be playing either as soloists, with chamber groups, or with major orchestras somewhere in the world.  Any of the three is a captivating performer in his own right, put all three together and the elements are in place for a magical musical experience.   

Phil Palermo, Violin,  was appointed associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in 1985, a post he still holds.  He studied at Indiana University, Julliard and Aspen.   Mr. Palermo has played with the Canale Quartet and the Spring Mill Quartet.   He is currently a  guest artist with the Ronen Chamber Ensemble and the Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society. 

Michael Strauss, Viola,  served as principal violist  with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra for 18 years.  He studied at Mannes College of Music, the Banff Centre for the Arts and Curtis Institute of Music.    Mr. Strauss has held faculty positions at Indiana University, DePauw University, Butler University, Swarthmore College and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  In addition to a heavy private teaching schedule, Mr. Strauss teaches graduate level students at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University.

Dr. Kent Cook, Piano,  is Professor of Piano and Head of the Keyboard Department at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.   He studied at Baylor University and Indiana University.   He has served on the piano faculties at DePauw University, the Indiana University Piano Academy, the Illinois Chamber Music Festival, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and the International Chamber Music Festival.    In addition to his work at Illinois Wesleyan, Dr. Cook is active as  a teacher, adjudicator, and performer. 

If you are depressed on this first Sunday without professional football,  drown your sorrows with incredible music played by these world class performers.    You can be one of those people who, years from now, may ask, “Remember when we had the great concert in the Gathering Place?”

This concert is free, and all seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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