Lantz and Kargul Duo to perform at Springvale museum

Posted Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Culture

Lantz and Kargul Duo to perform at Springvale museum

Laura Kargul and Ronald Lantz

SPRINGVALE — The Lantz and Kargul Duo will perform a concert at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Violinist Ronald Lantz and pianist Laura Kargul plan a program of romantic music by French composers, featuring the little-known “Sonata for Violin and Piano” by Jacques de la Presle. “This gorgeous masterpiece from 1913 exemplifies the full flowering of the French romantic tradition. We feel it is a major addition to the sonata literature that richly deserves to be heard and will eventually take its rightful place beside the great works of Franck, Faure and Debussy,” says Lantz. 

Also on the program is the great “Sonata in A Major” by Cesar Franck along with several transcriptions of songs by Liszt and Faure. “We’ve created violin-piano arrangements of two of Liszt’s most passionate songs, ‘Oh! Quand je dors’ and ‘O Lieb,’ and Faure’s sublime ‘Apres un reve,’ ” says Kargul. "We’re also delighted to introduce Maine audiences to the stunning 'Nocturne’ by Lili Boulanger, younger (and even more gifted!) sister of Nadia Boulanger.”  

Lantz has taught and paerformed in over 30 countries as a founding member of the Portland String Quartet. He has also performed with numerous symphony orchestras both as soloist and as principal player, and has served on the faculties of the University of New Hampshire, Bates College, The University of Southern Maine, Bowdoin College and Colby College. Lantz performs on a violin made in Paris in the 1850s by the famous instrument and bow maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

Kargul is the director of keyboard studies at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. She has had an illustrious career as a concert pianist with performances throughout Europe and North America. She has appeared with ensembles such as the Michigan Chamber Strings and the Lark, Da Ponte and Portland string quartets in venues including the Aspen Music Festival and the Chamber Music Festival of Lucca in Italy. She holds a doctorate in piano performance from the University of Michigan.

In an effort to attract young people to its concerts, the museum is offering free admission for persons 21 and under. Admission for adults and seniors is $15. The Historical Museum, located at 505 Main St. in Springvale, is handicapped-accessible.

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