World-Class Violinist Jorge Avila to Perform at SJC

September 16, 2013

On Sunday, September 29, acclaimed violinist Jorge Avila will bring his immense talent to Saint Joseph's College for a violin-piano recital. The event is being sponsored by the SJC Fellows and the Rensselaer Prairie Arts Council (PAC), which provides the opportunity for area artists to display their work and for local residents to engage with art, in celebration of the PAC's 20th anniversary. Admission for the concert is free and all are welcome to attend.

The concert will be held at 3:00 pm CDT in the Saint Joseph's Chapel on the SJC campus. Following the concert, the PAC will host a reception for Avila and Gregory Martin, Avila accompanist on piano, at the Carnegie Center's Lilian Fendig Gallery located at 301 N. Van Rensselaer St. in Rensselaer. To RSVP for the event, visit

Hailed as a strong violinist by the New York Times, Avila was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He took up the violin at 14 years of age and moved to the United States in 1987 to study at the University of Georgia as a full scholarship student. He received resident status in the US under the "extraordinary ability" category and was awarded first prize at the 2001 Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Competition.

Avila has performed as a soloist and with orchestras in the U.S., Europe, and Central and South America. He has appeared as a soloist in the New York City area with the Colonial Symphony, Riverside Orchestra, Hofstra Symphony, New Amsterdam Symphony, City Island Chamber Orchestra, and the Bronx Arts Ensemble. He has performed in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City, and his solo debut CD of Spanish violin and piano sonatas was released in 2012 on the Centaur Records, Inc. label.

Avila is a founding member of the Chalfonte Quartet and performs as a chamber musician with the Bronx Arts Ensemble, Simon String Quartet, Abaca String Band, Willow Ensemble, Prism Ensemble, and Musicians' Accord. He has performed with numerous Broadway orchestras, including "South Pacific," "West Side Story," and "Wicked."

Avila has recorded for record labels such as Naxos and Nonesuch. A frequent performer on live television and radio, Avila appeared as the concertmaster for Pope Benedict XVI at a televised Mass held at Yankee Stadium in 2008.

For more information on the concert and/or reception, please call the PAC at 219.866.5278.

Saint Joseph's College, named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation and a "best Midwestern college" by the Princeton Review, is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of 1,100 students.

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