USAO News Bureau

Violin Virtuoso Emanuel Borok Rocks USAO Stage

Monday, October 16, 2006

CHICKASHA – A globetrotting violin virtuoso is coming to Chickasha for one night of solo classical music. As part of the sixth annual Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series (DWPAS), Grammy-nominated violinist Emanuel Borok will be performing live Oct. 24 at the University of Science and Arts.

Borok has had a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Since 1985, he has served as concertmaster for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his D-town tour de force, Borok spent 11 years with the Boston Symphony Orchestra as associate concertmaster and the concertmaster for the Boston Pops Orchestra.

His DWPAS concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the USAO Alumni Chapel.

Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music and coordinator for DWPAS, said Borok promises a quality performance.

“We are thrilled to have such a high quality performer here as part of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series,” said Bohannon. “It should be a real joy to hear this genre of classical music, especially since it has been such a long time since we have had a solo violinist at USAO.”

Born and trained in the Soviet Union, Borok received early musical instruction at the Darzinya Music School in Riga, Latvia, where he studied under Vladimir Sturestep. In 1971, Borok became a co-concertmaster of the Moscow Philharmonic. Before joining the ranks in the Boston ensembles, he served as concertmaster for a season in the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

As a solo performer, Borok has appeared in Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Venezuela, Mexico, Switzerland and Holland. He has performed across the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, and has appeared on multiple noted recordings and albums.

In 1999, Borok was nominated for a Grammy Award for his recording with Dallas-based Voices of Change. As an instructor, he has taught internationally at the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Italy, the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland, the Royal Conservatory of Music in London, the Conservatoire de Paris and the Prague Music Academy.

Joining Borok on the piano is accompanist Yurie Iwasaki. An acclaimed pianist throughout the United States, Iwasaki has performed with well-known artists including flutists Julius Baker and Carol Wincenc, as well as violinist Yfrah Neaman. She has served as a staff accompanist at several national young artist competitions, master classes and summer music festivals. She and her husband, cellist Ko Iwasaki, have performed throughout the nation, as well as Japan and Central America.

Tickets for the show are $10 for general public, $8 for seniors 60 and above, $3 for high school students and children under 18, $5 for USAO staff or faculty and $2 for USAO students. Tickets are available through the USAO Box Office in Troutt Hall or by phone at (405) 574-1213.

The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is celebrating its sixth season, thanks to the generous support of KOOL 105.5 radio, the Oklahoma Arts Council, the USAO Cultural & Entertainment Committee, Alliance Oil & Gas Company, First National Bank & Trust Company and Mosley Insurance Agency. Additional support is made possible by Chickasha Bank & Trust Co., Holiday Inn Express, Livingston Machinery Company and several other local businesses and individuals.

Two acts remain for this season’s DWPAS. In January, award-winning opera singer Jeffrey Snider will perform in the USAO Alumni Chapel and the futuristic classical quartet Bach to the Future comes to the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium in February.