Miller-Porfiris Duo: Violin + Viola + Silent Films

Live at Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 7:30pm

In an homage to early silent films, the Miller-Porfiris Duo will play along as we watch some of these classics, from the Great Train Robbery to Charlie Chaplin. Tickets are $25 and include snacks from The Livermore. All ages welcome!

About The Artist: 

Praised by critics for their “expressive grace and finesse” and playing that is “vibrant and focused,” the Miller-Porfiris Duo has been delighting audiences since 2005. Anton Miller, violin and Rita Porfiris, viola first met over 20 years ago while studying at the Juilliard School. The duo has given concerts and masterclasses at festivals and institutions across the United States, Central America, and Europe; recent residencies and masterclasses have seen them at Duke University, Kutztown University, the Foulger Festival, PointCounterpoint, the Iceland Arts Academy, the Chamber Society of Little Rock, Sheldon Friends of Chamber Music, Music on the Hill Rhode Island, and the St. George International Festival.

Committed to expanding the repertoire for violin and viola, in 2010 they commissioned and recorded 3 new works for violin and viola by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, Argentinean composer Mario Diaz Gavier, and American composer Libby Larsen for their debut CD “Five Postcards.” Their second CD, titled “Eight Pieces” (music of Bruch and Gliere), released in 2013, was deemed a “fine new recording” and praised for its “wonderfully smooth ensemble work” by Gramophone and Audible Audiophile magazines. Rita also received accolades for her transcription for violin and viola of Reinhold Gliere's Eight Pieces Op. 39. Their third CD, “Divertimenti,” was released in early 2016 and has already received airplay on radio stations across the country. Highlights of recent seasons included sold-out performances of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Bruch Double Concerto with Lincoln's Symphony and a performance of the rarely performed Arthur Benjamin Romantic Fantasy for Violin and Viola with the Concert Artists of Baltimore.