Tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 13 at 7:30 pm, violinist Larry Shapiro will take the stage for Butler University’s Faculty Artist Series. The Faculty Artist Series offers professors in Butler University’s School of Music performance opportunities. Students are invited, and sometimes required, to come hear the professional who teach them perform. The price of admission is free and the concert is open to the entire Indianapolis community. Come this cool cat play his fiddle!
Larry Shapiro came to the Butler University’s School of Music as a visiting professor in 1986 and joined the faculty as professor of violin and artist-in-residence the following year. Prior to joining the faculty, Larry established a very successful career. His studies had him under the tutelage of some big names in music including Broadus Erle, Robert Semon, Noumi Fischer, Rafael Bronstein and Dorothy Delay, Lillian Fuchs, Aldo Parisot, David Wells, and William Kroll.
In addition Shapiro found himself performing with a number of quartets: The Fine Arts, Audubon, Berkshire, Evansville, and Delos (which he founded in 1965). He has also served as concertmaster for many orchestras, including the El Paso Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, New York Philharmonia, Green Bay Philharmonic, Grand Teton Festival, Akron Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois, and Orchestra Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City.
Before finding himself as a performer in Butler University’s Faculty Artist Series, Mr. Shapiro toured as soloist with American Ballet Theatre. During this experience he solo-ed more than 100 times in most of the major cities of the United States, as well as in Paris, Tokyo and London. For three years, Mr. Shapiro was first violinist with the White Oak Chamber Players, touring with Mikhail Baryshnikov. He performs on a violin made in 1772 by Nicholas Gagliano. He currently contributes to Indianapolis music through his work as the concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. In 2004, Mr. Shapiro celebrated his tenth summer as concertmaster for the Bear Valley Music Festival in California.
Before teaching at Butler, Larry Shapiro had pupils at Indiana University, the University of Delaware, the University of Evansville, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Virginia Tech and Akron University.
Come see the man who has shown the world his talent on the violin. The Faculty Artist Series takes place in the Edison-Duckwall Recital Hall on Butler University’s campus. Make an evening of it by grabbing some grub in the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. The choices are limitless at the Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars in Broad Ripple Village.