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Bargerstock Performs March 1

barger.jpgby Shiona Christensen

BOONE–At the age of nine, Nancy Bargerstock began playing the violin.

Bargerstock’s grandfather was a violinist and he dreamed that each family member would also play the stringed instrument.

Bargerstock now shares her passion for the violin with others. She is a member of the faculty in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. She has performed across the United States and internationally, including 15 seasons as a violin soloist with the Brandenburg Ensemble, one of the most prestigious international ensembles.

Bargerstock brings her love of performing to Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall on Friday, March 1, at 8 p.m.

She will showcase her talent as a violinist and her love of the viola as well.

Her passion is her performance. “Music doesn’t lie,” she says. “It is uninhibited.

It opens the heart and often musicians are better able to communicate through the vocabulary of music.”

Friday’s recital highlights four pieces that are new to Bargerstock.

“It is my job as a performer to constantly search for and discover new pieces and to bring out each work’s uniqueness,” she says.

Each piece brings a different sound and culture to the performance.

Bargerstock opens with “Infanta Marina,” a 20th century composition by Vincent Persichetti.

“Infanta Marina” was inspired by the poem bearing the same title written by Wallace Steven.

A chamber piece by Robert Schummann titled “Marchenbilder” follows. Bargerstock also will play Henri Vieuxtemps’ work “Capriccio for Solo Viola, opus posthum.”

The program closes with the award-winning “Suite for Viola and Piano,” a piece composed in 1919 by Ernest Bloch.

Bargerstock attended the Juilliard School of Music in New York where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in music in violin.

She received her soloist diploma in viola at the Orfeo Conservatory of Music in Athens, Greece.

She studied under Ivan Galamian who was the violin instructor at Juilliard School of Music and later at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She also coached with the main chamber music teacher at Juilliard School of Music, Felix Galimir.

Bargerstock has performed in such world-renowned locales as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Accompanying Bargerstock will be pianist Bair Shagdaron, also a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty.