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First Mondays Concert Series – October 7, 2013

To share music with the community throughout the year, the Brevard Music Center, in partnership with Brevard College, presents free concerts to the public on the first Monday of each month, October through May (except January).

October's event:

  • J. Patrick Rafferty, violin ~ Dror Biran, piano
  • Monday, October 7, 2013, at 12:30pm
  • Scott Concert Hall at the Porter Center

Parking for this event is free and available in the Porter Center parking lot.

Directions to the Porter Center at Brevard College


Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for Piano and Violin in D Major, Op. 12, No. 1

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, Op. 47, No. 9, "Kreutzer"

J. Patrick Rafferty

Violinist J. Patrick Rafferty has been hailed for his "exciting performances", his "subtle and imaginative ideas about the music", and "a velvety, sweetly sonorous tone [that] captured the intellect and calmed the soul." (Milwaukee Sentinel)

Rafferty's solo credits include concerto performances with the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Dallas, Cincinnati, and St. Louis. In addition, he has appeared as soloist with the Dallas Bach Orchestra, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Fine Arts Orchestra (with whom he performed the Texas premiere of Richard Strauss' Violin Concerto), the Brevard Music Center Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and many others, with over 40 works performed.

J. Patrick Rafferty served as Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra from 1986 to 1991. He previously served as Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony for eight years, and as Concertmaster for the Dallas Bach Orchestra, the Dallas Fine Arts Orchestra, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He has also served as acting concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, guest concertmaster of the Seattle Symphony, and as concertmaster of the Brevard Music Center Orchestra. He has also held positions with the St. Louis Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony. As recitalist, Rafferty has performed in New York, Chicago, Boston, Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, and many other cities.

An accomplished chamber music performer as well as an acclaimed solo and orchestral artist, violinist J. Patrick Rafferty joined the internationally acclaimed Louisville String Quartet in 2005 as first violinist. He also maintains commitments with the Cadek Trio, whom he joined in 1991. His national reputation as an outstanding chamber musician has been built on his association with such ensembles as the New Marlboro Chamber Players, the American Chamber Trio, the Fine Arts Chamber Players, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, and the Walden Chamber Players.

Of the Cadek Trio's recent east coast tour, the New York Concert Review wrote "one could pay the Cadeks a high complement by saying that their [playing] compared favorably with that of [the legendary trio of] David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Knushevitzky, and Lev Oborin."

In 1987, Rafferty founded the Paganini Trio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and then in 1990, formed the Stradivari Trio in the same city. Both ensembles recorded exclusively for the Koss Classics label. Typical of the critical response to these ensembles was the following from the Milwaukee Journal: "a spectacular inaugural season...Word of mouth from ecstatic audiences and favorable reviews from every quarter have filled the place; the trio had to add a performance of each program to get everyone in."

While maintaining his active performance schedule, Rafferty has successfully built a respected teaching career. One of his specialties is teaching orchestral audition repertoire, drawing on his background as audition winner for 15 major US orchestras. His students have been placed in many major US and European orchestras, and in many respected teaching positions. He has taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Alabama, and is now Professor of Violin at the University of Louisville, where he is first violinist with the Louisville String Quartet and a founding member of the Grawemeyer Players.

Dror Biran

Dror Biran's playing has been described in Die Bleed as "powerful, but also beautiful sensitive, brilliant but full of artistry, seductively lyrical but intensely dramatic at the climaxes". The Plain Dealer added "his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively...he has technique to burn and uses it effectively..."

His superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience.

Born in Israel, Dr. Biran is a top prize winner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givataim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lily Dorfman and The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. In addition he received his Doctoral degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro.

Dror Biran won top prizes at the M.K. Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. His honors include the first prize at the "Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition" in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), first prize at the Israeli Rubin Academy Piano Competition (1998), and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition 2000. Dr. Biran has been a recipient of multiple the scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians.

Dr. Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, The Louisville Orchestra, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and South Africa.

As a chamber musician Dr. Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as Carmel and Aviv String Quartets, he has also performed with members of The Cleveland Orchestra in different venues. His concerts have been broadcast by WCLV, WQXR, The Voice of Music -- Israel, Classic FM South Africa among others. Dr. Biran can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin.

Dr. Biran taught at Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University. Currently Dr. Biran teaches at University of Louisville School of Music in Kentucky as an Assistant Professor of Piano. His future engagements includes chamber and solo concerts in USA, Europe and Israel.