Faculty & Friends Concert: Kirsten Swanson, viola

September 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM
Rowe Recital Hall

The Department of Music presents a Faculty & Friends Concert featuring violist Kirsten Swanson, adjunct professor at UNC Charlotte. 

Classical Voice of North Carolina has described Kirsten Swanson as a “stunning musician with flawless technique combined with that unique ‘viola’ sound that can melt your soul.”  Feeling equally at ease with “new” and “old” music, in an orchestra or solo, Swanson enjoys a diverse career that takes her all over the world.

As an orchestral musician, Swanson held the position of Assistant Principal viola with the Charlotte Symphony from 2005-2007. She has won positions in the Winston-Salem Symphony and Greensboro Symphonies and recently completed a one-year position with the North Carolina Symphony. Currently, she plays in various orchestras around the state, and frequently sits as guest principal viola with the Amarillo Symphony. She has travelled across the United States, Europe, and South America as a guest violist in festivals in Holland, England, France, Italy, Austria, Spain, Peru, and Chile. 

An experienced chamber musician, Swanson has collaborated with such artists as Schlomo Mintz, Garth Knox, Jon Nakamatsu, and members of the the JACK, Pacifica, and Ciompi String Quartets. She is currently the violist of the Madison Park String Quartet, the quartet in residence at UNC Charlotte, and the Tryon Street Chamber Players and Central String Quartet, both comprised of musicians from the Charlotte Symphony.

Tickets: $10; $8 for seniors, students, veterans, and UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and alumni. College of Arts + Architecture majors receive a complimentary ticket through the 49erArtsLink program.


In manus tuas   Caroline Shaw  (b. 1982)
Perfect Storm for solo viola   Shulamit Ran (b. 1949)
Sonata for Viola and Piano   Rebecca Clarke  (1886-1979)