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Milligan to host celebrated violinist

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (March 20, 2009) – World renowned violinist Benedict Goodfriend will perform at Milligan College on Saturday, March 28, at 7 p.m. in Seeger Memorial Chapel.

Since 1987, Goodfriend has served as violinist in the Kandinsky Trio, the resident ensemble at Roanoke College in Virginia and one of only six piano trios to ever win the coveted Chamber Music America Residency Award in the award’s 15-year history. Goodfriend has performed with the Trio on major concert series in 200 cities across the United States as well as in Europe. The Trio regularly collaborates with many of the world’s leading artists, including Dawn Upshaw, James VanDemark and Ida Kavafian.

Goodfriend has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. He received critical acclaim for his performances in such halls as Jordan and Symphony Hall in Boston, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Cincinnati’s Arnoff Center and many others.

He is a frequent guest on many of the nation’s most prominent classical radio programs, such as WNYC’s “Around New York” and WGBH’s, “Morning Pro Musical.” His performances have been aired on the “McNeil-Lehrer News Hour” and National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.”

Goodfriend’s solo engagements have taken him to France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Croatia, Taiwan and China. His festival appearances have included the Portugal Festival, Garth Newel Chamber Music Festival, Ohio Chamber Music Festival, Fontana Festival of Music and Art, and he served as artistic director of the European/American Master Classes for Strings and Chamber Music in Blonay, Switzerland.

The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Milligan College music department at 423.461.8723 or music@milligan.edu.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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