August 13, 2013
The Hampden-Sydney Music Series opens this year on Sunday, September 8, with a concert by David Sariti on violin and Lise Keiter on piano, performing the music of Bach, Beethoven, Lili Boulanger, and Arthur Foote.
Sariti joined the faculty at the University of Virginia in 2005, where he teaches violin and directs the Baroque Orchestra and the Palladian Chamber Orchestra. He performs in the Rivanna Quartet, and is principal second violin of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as a soloist with that orchestra and has appeared as recitalist at universities across the East and Midwest. Accomplished also on the Baroque violin, he performs with harpsichordist Bradley Lehman, the Washington Bach Consort, and has presented a series of programs focusing on music from the collection of Thomas Jefferson. His interest in early music led to research and a series of programs for Monticello, culminating in the CD, Music from the Jefferson Collection, released in 2013. Sariti completed his doctorate at Hartt School in the Honors Chamber Music program and also holds degrees from the University of Akron and Ithaca College, with election to the National Music Honor Society.
Currently the Music Department Chair at Mary Baldwin College, Keiter has performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe. In the summer of 1998, she was awarded a fellowship to study at the Internationale Academie de Musique in Gargenville, France. Her work at Mary Baldwin led her to develop an interest in the music of women composers, and in 2005, she developed an all-women composers program of solo piano works, in honor of the bicentenary year of pianist and composer Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel (1805-1847). This highly popular recital has become her most-requested program. Frequently called upon as a lecturer, adjudicator, and master class clinician, Dr. Keiter is active in many organizations, including MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) where she serves as Competitions Chair for Virginia and CMS (College Music Society) where she serves on the board of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and a Master's Degree and Doctorate of Music from Indiana University.
The concert, free and open to the public, begins at 4 PM in Crawley Forum. The Hampden Sydney Music Series will present six concerts throughout the academic year. This series is part of Hampden-Sydney's continuing commitment to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Southside community.