Violinist and Grantee Dr. Sonja Harasim Debuts Commissioned Piece Friday

In February, we wrote an article in the Fargo Forum about local musicians receiving Jade Presents Arts Partnership grants for unique music projects.

Violinist Dr. Sonja Harasim used her grant to commission a new piece of music for violin and piano by Dr. Richard Lavenda — and she debuts the finished piece this Friday!

Harasim and pianist Dr. Andrew Staupe play Lavenda’s piece called “Taking Flight” at 7:30 p.m. September 1 at Concordia’s Christiansen Recital Hall.

Photo courtesy of Sonja Harasim.

Harasim enjoys collaborating with other musicians to create and perform new music and commissions new pieces whenever she can.

“Rhapsody (taking flight)” is a reflection of our journey as musicians to this point, filled with immense range of color, mood, and conversation between the violin and piano parts,” Harasim says. “Composed by my mentor and former professor, Dr. Richard Lavenda, it is an honor to get to perform this work with Dr. Andrew Staupe, my former classmate from Rice who is now a professor at University of Utah.”

Andrew Staupe. Photo courtesy of Sonja Harasim.

Dr. Lavenda. Photo courtesy of Sonja Harasim.

Harasim is an assistant professor of violin and viola at Concordia and serves as the associate concertmaster for the F-M Symphony.

This event is free and open to the public. If you’re unable to make it to the event, live streaming is available here. For more information, view the Facebook event here.

There will also be a concert tonight (August 31) at 7 p.m. at Russ Peterson’s house (2739 30th Ave S, Fargo, ND 58103).

Dr. Andrew Staupe (left) and Sonja Harasim (right). Photo courtesy of Sonja Harasim.

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