Julie Cheek Solos for Festival of the Senses On May 14

Pianist Julie Cheek will play a solo program of works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Debussy in addition to other favorites at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 4106 JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock. The concert, the eighth in Festival of the Senses’ 2018 − 19 season, is free and open to the public. The performance, which will introduce Julie’s 60/60 Project, will be followed by a reception for the audience to share refreshments and meet the artist.

A native of Little Rock, Julie Cheek made her professional debut at the age of 14 as a soloist with the Arkansas Symphony Chamber Orchestra, performing Mozart’s D Minor Concerto. She has been a featured artist many times since then, with the Arkansas Symphony and many other orchestras across the U.S. In 2012 she and violinist Andrew Irvin, concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, formed the duo ARmusica, which performs regularly for Festival of the Senses. 

Julie CheekDr. Cheek’s appeal as a solo classical recitalist, often coupled with master classes, is widespread throughout America and Europe.  She has taught at UALR, the University of Colorado, Interlochen, and Vienna’s Hochschule and continues to concertize across the U.S. In  January 2000 she was chosen to perform the dedication recital for the 500th Fazioli piano, which was broadcast on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” She was interviewed on BBC Radio in connection with concert tours in the British Isles and has appeared in recital on PBS in Arkansas three times. She made her national television debut on A&E’s “Breakfast with the Arts” in 2001. 

Dr. Cheek is noted for her lyrical expressiveness, her precision at the piano, and her articulate, relaxed and informative manner explaining music to audiences. For fourteen years she traveled around the globe as a favorite entertainer on Silversea, Crystal, and Radisson Cruise lines.

This season marks the eighth year of Festival of the Senses with nine events spotlighting some of Arkansas’ most distinguished and dedicated musicians and artists. All events are free and open to the public, and most are followed by a reception in the parish hall to give attendees the opportunity to meet and greet the performers.  

A ninth event has been added to this year’s calendar: a performance by the all-female Seraph Brass ensemble on Sunday, June 16, at 7:00 p.m.The complete schedule of this season’s events is available on the St. Luke’s website at  www.stlukeepiscopal.org.


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