First Friday in the Castle: Celebrating History, Culture, and Tradition: Two Decades of Chamber Music

Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Join us as we feature Professor Valerie Levicoff, violin and viola performing the works of Vivaldi, Purcell, Rreinecke, Godard, & Rachmanioff.  Professor Levicoff will be joined by Professor Samuel Heifetz, piano and guest artist, Lisa Lynch Shumas, violin.

Limited seating, please reserve here.

About our featured artist, Professor Valerie Levicoff:  

Violinist and Music Educator, Valerie Levicoff, a native of Philadelphia, began playing the violin at age six, taking private lessons from Philadelphia Orchestra violinist Joseph Lanza and, later, from Robert, Julia, and William dePasquale, also Philadelphia Orchestra musicians.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Violin Performance from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, and a Master of Arts Degree in Education from LaSalle University.  

She currently performs with the Reading Symphony, Warminster Symphony, and Bryn Athyn orchestras as a principal or assistant principal player.  Across her performing career she has performed alongside Sarah Brightman, Diana Ross, Midori Gato, Aaron Rosand, Bela Fleck, Areatha Franklin, Earth, Wind, and Fire and many other fine musicians.  She also has performed in the violin sections of Harrisburg and Trenton symphony orchestras, the New York-Harlem Opera ensemble (European tour), Reading Choral Arts orchestra and Newtown  Chamber Orchestras over the last several decades. Recently she was named assistant conductor of the Bryn Athyn Orchestra where she serves as concertmaster. She is very active in chamber music, principally with her string quartet, "Strings Fantastique".  Very involved as a music educator, she served as a validator with the National Board of  Professional Teaching Standards for the first National Music Education Certification Program as well as being recognized in Philadelphia for distinguished teaching with a  Lindback foundation award. Ms. Levicoff was also selected for Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women (2007 edition). She continues as an adjunct professor of Music at Arcadia University beginning there in 2002.

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