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May 27, 2014 > Violinist and pianist Ayke Agus to perform

Violinist and pianist Ayke Agus to perform

Submitted By Skye Alexander

Anna Poklewski Academy of Music announces a master class and concert by famed violinist and pianist Dr. Ayke Agus. The master class, entitled ÒA Musical Collaboration,Ó will focus on violin and accompaniment for violin. The class is open to the public and will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 1 p.m. at the Academy of Music in Fremont. Admission to observe the master class is $15.

The following day, a concert will be held on Sunday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at historic Mission San Jose in Fremont with proceeds benefiting Old Mission San Jose. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

Dr. Agus is perhaps best known for her collaboration with violin legend Jascha Heifetz. As HeiftetzÕs former violin student and his last piano accompanist, Dr. Agus offered numerous performances with Heifetz as well as with acclaimed Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky. She also helped to complete HeiftetzÕs transcriptions of classical works for violin and piano.

Dr. Agus is a member of the Pasadena Symphony and California Philharmonic. She teaches violin at Antelope Valley College and is a past faculty member at her alma mater, the University of Southern California. Her memoir Heifetz As I Knew Him, now in its fifth printing, was published in February 2001 (Amadeus Press) in conjunction with HeifetzÕs Centenary Birthday Celebration. The 2011 documentary GodÕs Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz was based on her book.

Appearing in concert with Dr. Agus is hornist Loren Tayerle, director of Orchestral Studies at De Anza College. Mr. Tayerle leads an active career as both a period instrument specialist and modern hornist. He has performed with numerous period groups including Philharmonia and Portland Baroque Orchestras, HoustonÕs Mercury: the Orchestra Redefined, and American Bach Soloists, and he was a member of the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra for 27 years. As a modern hornist Mr. Tayerle is a member of the Berkeley and Marin Symphonies and has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet Orchestras.

Master Class with Ayke Agus
Saturday, May 31
1 p.m.
Anna Poklewski Academy of Music
39660 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 791-2726

Benefit Concert for Old Mission San Jose by Ayke Agus
Sunday, Jun 1
7:30 p.m.
Mission San Jose
43300 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(510) 791-2726
$25 advance/ $30 door

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