Music and Meditation
The Lotus Meditation Center (LMC) welcomes back Alejandro Drago , UND associate professor of violin, for a recital on Wednesday April 8, 2015 at 7 p.m . Drago will perform works for solo violin by A. Piazzolla, A. Honegger, and H.W. Ernst.
Hailed by music critics as “a superb musician” with the “classical virtuosity of a Heifetz or Perlman,” the "suave café style of Florian Zabach” and the “jazzy insouciance of Stephane Grappelli,” Alejandro Drago has “crisscrossed the line between concerto virtuoso and jazz soloist.” His versatile musicianship has allowed him to be successful with many diverse styles and genres. His discography in France, USA and Argentina includes string quartets, concertos, avant-garde tangos for the EMI International label and works for solo violin CD distributed internationally by Naxos Music Library Japan and CD Tradition.
Alejandro Drago's life in music began in his native Argentina where, as a small child, he accompanied his mother, a professional tango dancer, to the venues were she performed. His mother introduced him to Antonio Agri, who spent many years as a violinist with renowned composer and bandoneón player Astor Piazzolla. Agri recommended him to a member of his string ensemble who instructed him in the basics of music theory. He received a scholarship from the Russian government to study at the Moscow State Conservatory under Marina Yashvili, and obtained his Master of Fine Arts in Violin Performance and Pedagogy. In 2008 he received a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Southern Mississippi
As a soloist, Alejandro has performed in world-class concert halls such as the Great Hall at the Moscow Conservatory, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, The Kennedy Center and the Kolarac Zal of Belgrade, with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, the Belgrade Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Belarus State Academic Symphony, among many others. He has toured extensively in Russia, the United States, China, Austria, Switzerland, Lithuania, Taiwan, Belarus, France, Brazil, ex-Yugoslavia (Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina), Romania, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Paraguay, Ecuador and Haiti.
LMC founder Tamar Read, Professor Emerita, retired from UND's Music Department in 1988. She sees a close relationship between Meditation and Music. On the concert program she writes,
"The most satisfying and complete listening experience to music needs an open heart and mind; that is, a mind empty of the future or regrets over the past. In other words, we must be present in the moment of our listening experience. Likewise all experiences of our lives will be more satisfying and complete if lived in the present with an open heart and mind. Listening to music in this way becomes practice for experiencing all aspects of our lives in the present with an open heart and mind."
The concert is free and open to the public, with parking available behind the building.