Violinist John Thomson will highlight a free concert given by the USD Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Slagle Auditorium on the campus of The University of South Dakota.
Dr. Thomson, of the USD Department of Music faculty and violinist in the Rawlins Piano Trio, will play the violin solo in the world premiere of Elves and Mirrors, Op. 36, a new work by the noted English contemporary composer, Nimrod Borenstein. Borenstein has won several international composition competitions and his works are gaining a worldwide reputation with performances throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and the U.S.A. He holds postgraduate diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music where he is listed amongst the alumni, as an illustrious past student.
Born in England, violinist Thomson moved to New Zealand where he did his undergraduate study. He gained his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas. His final dissertation concerned Gypsy violin music, an area in which he is now considered expert. He has published his arrangement of music by the romantic Norwegian virtuoso, Ole Bull.
USD Symphony Orchestra conductor Richard Rognstad will lead the orchestra. The first half of the program will also include the Prelude and Fugue from the Sonata for Orchestra, by Parkston native Kenneth Klauss.