Sept 17-18 performances by virtuoso violinist highlight opening of Regis University recital hall, speakers series, concert series with Colorado Symphony Orchestra

Donnie VeaseySeptember 13, 2013

(DENVER) – A special presentation and performance by virtuoso violinist Robert Gupta on Sept. 17-18 will kick off the grand opening of Regis University’s new Claver Recital Hall, the Department of Fine & Performing Arts inaugural speaker series "Inspired Thinkers" and the Music Program's new collaborative concert series with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Gupta’s presentation, “Music is Medicine,” will be Sept 17, and his special performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra is Sept. 18. Gupta will also moderate a student panel on Sept. 18 from 2:30 -3:45 p.m. The Sept. 18 performance will be part of the new collaborative concert series between the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts Music Program at Regis University.

Gupta’s undergraduate and Research Assistant experience were in pre-med and neuro- and neurodegenerative biology).  Gupta has made international performances as a chamber musician since the age of eight, made his solo musical debut with the Israel Philharmonic at age 11, and holds a master’s degree in music from Yale University.  His combined his interests in music and science have gained Gupta worldwide recognition as an advocate for the redemptive and regenerative power of music.  In the spring of 2007, Gupta befriended Nathaniel Anthony Ayers and instructed Ayers in violin.  Ayers, a schizophrenic and homeless man, was later featured in the book The Soloist by LA Times columnist Steve Lopez.  The book was later turned into a movie, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr.

According to William Sutton, one of the Fine and Performing Arts department chairs, the goal for the "Inspired Thinkers" speaker series is to bring nationally recognized speakers to campus who address the role of creativity across disciplines and engage and inspire the entire Regis University community.

“Creativity and imagination are at the heart of all we do has human beings,” Sutton said.  “They are what we utilize to understand and identify with each other and to design solutions and develop opportunities.”

Gupta is also a virtuoso violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The performance on Sept. 18 will be part of a new collaborative concert series with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. The events will also be among the first in the new Claver Recital Hall, since, for the past eight years, musical performances have been hosted at Berkley Community Church for lack of a performance facility on campus. The new recital hall seats 180, and its presence, along with the addition of new rehearsal studios and practice rooms, make it possible to return events like this to campus.

Gupta’s presentation on Sept. 17 is free and open to the public. The student panel afternoon is also free and open to the public.

The Sept. 18 performance with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra requires a ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.regis.edu/music/tickets. Tickets are free for Regis University students, faculty, and staff – one ticket per ID.  General Admission tickets are $10.

For more information call 303-458-4040.

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