Lee Luvisi
Lee Luvisi

The UofL School of Music is giving listeners the chance to the hear works of some of the world’s best composers while helping fund Louisville’s next generation of great musicians.

The Music eX Series features four classical concerts that celebrate piano and strings music. The series kicks off Sept. 20 with a piano concert by Dror Biran, a UofL piano professor and artistic director. Biran founded the series in 2011 to raise money for scholarships for music students. All funds from ticket sales go to the scholarship fund.

A major highlight for the series, which features a mix of esteemed guest artists and UofL faculty, is a concert by Lee Luvisi and Biran on Sunday, Oct. 18.Luvisi, a world-renowned pianist and Louisville native, has played at Carnegie Hall and performed with respected musicians and orchestras of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  He retired from a four-decade career as a piano professor at UofL and infrequently plays publicly, so the October appearance has been called a special treat by organizers.

“Luvisi is the perfect example of what we’re trying to perpetuate with the scholarship fund,” Biran said. “He is from Louisville, he came back here and helped establish several new generations of musicians. We want to support and nurture musicians who will become the future musical life blood of our community.”

Concert Schedule:

Sept. 20 – Dror Biran, piano

Oct. 18 – Luvisi and Biran, pianos

March 6 – Brittany MacWilliams, violin, and Biran, piano

April 3 – Patrick Rafferty and MacWilliams, violins; Paul York, cello, and Biran, piano

All shows begin at 3 p.m. at Comstock Concert Hall in the School of Music at the corner of First Street and Cardinal Boulevard. A season subscription to all four shows is $50. Individual concerts are $15, with a student ticket rate of $5. Tickets are available by calling 502-852-6907. For more information, visit louisville.edu/music/music-ex-series.

Niki King
Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.