Park University’s International Center for Music Presents Concert Featuring Cellist Daniel Veis and Pianist Helena Veisová

Friday, January 31, 2014


Daniel VeisJan. 31, 2014 -- Park University's International Center for Music presents a concert featuring cellist and visiting assistant professor of music/cello at Park University, Daniel Veis, and his wife, pianist Helena Veisova, on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel on the University's Parkville Campus.

Veis is widely recognized as the finest Czech cellist since winning the first prize at the 1976 Prague Spring Competition and the silver medal at the prestigious 1978 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. After years of performing as a soloist with major orchestras and at numerous festivals, Veis was appointed permanent cello soloist of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1989. Later, he became professor and vice dean at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague and toured and recorded as a member of the Dvorak Piano Trio. He gives master classes worldwide and is frequently invited to serve on juries of international competitions.

Veisova graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She began to perform at age 12 with her father, the legendary violin virtuoso Vaclav Snitil, and later won second prize at the international radio competition Concertino Praga in the piano trio section. Veisova subsequently started her permanent collaboration with her former trio partner and future husband, Veis. According to The Strad, "Veisova is a pianist of excellent command of her instrument, of supreme musicality and of perfect coordination when playing with other musicians."

The husband and wife duo will perform Bohuslav Martinu's profound "Cello Sonata No. 1" and Cesar Franck's popular "Sonata in A Major for Cello and Piano."

Tickets for the concert are -- general admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; senior citizens age 60 and older: $10; students with a valid student ID: $5; Park University students, faculty, staff and their children age 12 and under: free. To purchase tickets in advance, visit www.park.edu/icm.

The ICM's 2013-14 concert season will continue on Friday, April 4, with gold medalist of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and founder of the ICM Stanislav Ioudenitch, his protege and rising star -- and 2009 winner of the London International Piano Competition -- Behzod Abduraimov, along with the Park Piano Trio, performing a special Van Cliburn tribute concert at 7:30 p.m., in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, in Kansas City, Mo. This will be the debut concert for the ICM at the Kauffman Center, though Abduraimov has performed in the facility twice in the past two years with the Kansas City Symphony.

Tickets are available through the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts at www.kauffmancenter.org, (816) 994-7222 or at the Kauffman Center's Box Office, 1601 Broadway.