Niccolò Paganini, violinist, violist, guitarist, composer and one of the most celebrated music personalities of his time, was a close friend of Gioacchino Rossini’s, to whom he dedicated his Variations on a theme by Rossini for cello and piano using a melody from Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto (Moses in Egypt). When Paganini died, Rossini penned a reciprocal homage to his late friend: One word for Paganini, an elegy for violin and piano. It was the composer’s way of honoring the memory of a dear friend and the greatest violinist of his time.

Both cellist Sarah Kim and violinist Jennifer Roig-Francolí enjoy versatile careers. A native of Minneapolis, Minn., Sarah attended the Eastman School of Music and Northwestern University for graduate work in Cello Performance and Pedagogy, with additional training in the Suzuki Method at the Chicago Suzuki Institute.

Jennifer has appeared as featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Berlin Symphony, the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and as a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Illinois Chamber Symphony, and of the New Philharmonic Orchestra.

Both Sara Kim and Jennifer Roig-Francolí are faculty at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Accompanied by pianist Jesse Leong, both these soloists will appear in Sins of Old Age, the opening concert of the 2016-2017 season of Music for All Seasons at Historic Peterloon at 2 PM, on Sunday October 2. Ticket revenues are donated 100% to the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

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