The Asbury Arts Series will present The Rodin Duo, Pianist Mariko Kaneda and Violinist David Niwa Sunday at 4 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church.
They will perform a concert of exuberant repertoire representing the dramatic potential for duet performance. Titled Virtuosic Vignettes, the program will include works by Beethoven, Elgar, Sarasate, and Kreisler.
Mariko Kaneda has won prizes at the Montreal International Piano competition, the Maria Canals International Piano Competition, and the European Piano Competition in Luxembourg. In January 2002, she performed the American premiere of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Piano Sextet at Ohio State University and participates regularly in OSU’s contemporary music festivals. Her participation in music festivals includes the East End Chamber Series in Adelaide, Australia, and the Bard Music Festival.
David Niwa’s extensive performing career has included feature appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Columbus Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute. He has been featured in recital at the Sunday at Central series, as well as the Corcoran Gallery and the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center.
In 1985 he made his live national TV debut with the Tchaikovsky Concerto on NBC. Niwa currently serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, is on the faculty of Ohio Wesleyan University, and is the Artistic Director for the prestigious Sunday at Central series based at the Columbus Museum of Art.
Following the recital, a reception will be held where the audience may greet the performers.
Asbury Arts Series concerts are offered free of charge. To help offset expenses, a freewill offering is received. The Asbury sanctuary is handicapped accessible from the church’s rear parking lot entrance. The church is located at 55 W. Lincoln Ave., Delaware. For information, call the church office at 740-363-3611.