“This violinist, now among the best in the world as well as the most

 thoughtful, is as brilliant at Bach as Birtwistle.” — The Observer

This week, Gramophone Hall of Fame inductee Leif Ove Andsnes returns to the U.S. to crown the final leg of “The Beethoven Journey,” his epic four-year focus on the master composer’s works for piano and orchestra, with three live performances featuring the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, his fellow traveler since the project’s inception.

Rebecca Cole, Nashville baroque violinist, will be joined by other Nashville baroque musicians to perform a period-instrument concert – “Mostly French” - on March 16th, 2015, at 7:30PM, Ward Hall, Lipscomb University. The concert features music of French or French-influenced composers, from throughout the baroque period. Baroque violinists Rebecca Cole and Allison Nyquist, and baroque oboist Jared Hauser will be joined by Chris Stenstrom on baroque cello and Polly Brecht on harpsichord.

Violinist Fredi Gerling and pianist Cristina Capparelli will bring their 45-year musical partnership to MTSU Friday, Feb. 27, for a free public recital in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU’s Wright Music Building.

The duo’s 8 p.m. performance will include Antonin Dvořák’s “Four Romantic Pieces,” Robert Schumann’s “Sonata in D Minor,” M. Camargo Guarnieri’s “Encantamento,” Olivier Messiaen’s “Theme and Variations for Violin and Piano,” and Claude Debussy’s “Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano.”

The Stones River Chamber Players, MTSU’s ensemble in residence, will continue their 2014-15 season with a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Hinton Music Hall inside MTSU's Wright Music Building.

The ensemble members, all of whom teach in MTSU’s School of Music, will present two world premiere works by MTSU composer-in-residence Paul Osterfield.