Violin, Viola and Guitar with Brian Morris and Libor Ondras

7:30 PM Thursday, January 26,  2017 at Park Church

Admission is $5

Dr. Libor Ondras received his DMA and MM degree in viola performance and conducting from the University of Houston. As a recipient of the Slovak Minister of Culture Scholarship, he studied at the Academy of Music in Prague and Moscow State Conservatory with Fyodor Druzhinin and Yuri Bashmet. He was a full fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan, and the First Prize Winner of the Houston Symphony Concerto Competition. He is a frequent recitalist and soloist with orchestras throughout Europe and U.S. and performed in master classes and workshops of Pinchas Zuckerman, Robert Vernon, Yizhak Schotten, Roberto Diaz, to name a few. He performed with orchestras such as Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Vienna Philharmonics, Utah Symphony, Florida Orchestra, Florida Chamber Orchestra, Opera Tampa… Ondras worked with world-renowned conductors and artists such as Sir Georg Solti (Carnegie Hall), Christoph Eschenbach, Michael Tilson Thomas, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Renee Fleming... His conducting engagements include a position of a guest conductor at the Slovak State Opera and he serves as a music director of the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra (Petoskey, MI) and Kent Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Ondras presented lectures and recitals at the International Haydn Festspiele (Austria), International Viola D’Amore Society Congresses (Germany, Poland, U.S.), and Primrose Archive Lecture Series. His research and scholarly writings were published in the Journal of American Viola Society. Dr. Ondras serves as a Director of Orchestras and String Specialist at the Grand Rapids Community College.

Brian Morris is in his twenty-sixth year as a member of the GRCC Music Faculty. An associate of the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Program, Brian maintains an active performing schedule performing both as a soloist and with the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet. He has performed with the West Shore Symphony, the Grand Rapids Symphony; at the College Music Society’s Regional Conference in Madison, WI, the Kennedy Center and has twice been featured as a presenter of Latin American Music at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies on the campus of Notre Dame University. He was the Director of the 2010 Mid America Guitar Ensemble Festival and a faculty member and ensemble director for the Interlochen Summer Guitar Workshops. In addition, he has given master classes and workshops at Mott Community College and Kellogg Community College. Brian is the Director of the GRCC International Guitar Series and has been a concert organizer for over twenty years.

Earning music degrees from both Florida State University and Montana State University, Brian's past teachers include Christopher Parkening and Bruce Holzman. He has also participated in master classes with Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. His four CD’s include music for solo guitar, guitar ensemble and original songs

From 1985-89 Brian was an Artist-in- Residence for the State of North Carolina. As a member of the Les Deux Amis Guitar Duo with his good friend Joseph Hoey, the two won third prize in the 1985 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Guitar Duo Competition.

Parking is available in the GRCC Parking Ramp for $3.50.  Be sure to ask for a parking voucher at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: bmorris@grcc.edu.