Violinist to Perform World Premiere at Alumni Recital


Violinist Linda Nagy Johnston will perform an alumni recital at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music to celebrate the School’s 125th anniversary. The concert will be offered at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in the Sara M. Snell Music Theatre.

The evening’s program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Sonata #5 in F-Major,” “Spring” for violin and piano, Dvorak’s “Romance in F-Minor Op. 11,” Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne” and Camille Saint Saens’ “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.”

The recital will also feature a world premiere of Paul Siskind’s “Souvenirs Éphémères” (Fleeting Memories) for solo violin.

Linda Nagy Johnston is a 1988 graduate of The Crane School of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, in violin performance.  As a Presser Scholar Award recipient, she studied with Ruth and Frank Iogha. She concluded her degree with a semester of study at Salzburg College in Austria.
Linda holds a Master of Music degree in violin performance from the Mannes College of Music, where she studied with Lewis Kaplan.

Johnston is currently principal second violinist of the Akron Symphony
Orchestra, and also performs with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, where she has been a member of the Canton Symphony String Quartet. She performs with groups throughout northeast Ohio, including the Blossom Festival Orchestra, Watercolors Trio and Akron Baroque.

Linda has performed as soloist with the Akron Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Akron Baroque, the Amherst Symphony Orchestra in Buffalo, N.Y., the National Repertory Orchestra in Keystone, Colo., and as a recitalist in the People's Republic of China. She has participated in the New Hampshire Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Sir Georg Solti Project at Carnegie Hall, the Spoleto Festival in the U.S. and Italy, and the Aspen Music School.

Additionally, Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from the University of Akron, and is currently employed as a senior software engineer at Lockheed Martin.

This concert is free, and the public is invited to attend.

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Founded in 1886, SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music has a long legacy of excellence in music education and performance. Life at Crane includes an incredible array of more than 300 recitals, lectures and concerts presented by faculty, students and guests each year. The Crane School of Music is the State University of New York’s only All-Steinway institution, and is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011.