The Performing Arts Series at UCM in Warrensburg, presents Warrensburg native Eric Halen, as he returns to his alma mater in a violin concert at 7:30 on Thursday, April 6, in UCM’s Hart Recital Hall.

Halen currently serves as concertmaster of the Houston Symphony. He will perform works by Aaron Copland, Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin and J.S. Bach, accompanied by Mia Hynes, UCM professor of piano.

According to the press release from UCM, Halen grew up in Warrensburg, where his father, Walter Halen, served on the UCM violin faculty for 22 years, and his mother, Thalia Halen, was a member of the Kansas City Symphony. Halen was named the recipient of the Department of Music Distiguished Music Alumnus Award in 1991.

Eric Halen has performed in major concert halls and music festivals throughout the United States and abroad, including Carnegie Hall with soprano Barbara Bonney and conductor Hans Graf, the Aspen Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, and Cascade Head Festival in Oregon.  His discography includes recordings for Koch International, for whom he has recorded Messiaen's “Quartet for the End of Time” and Alban Berg's “Adagio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano” from the Chamber Concerto.

During his visit to the University of Central Missouri, Halen also will conduct a master class for UCM students.

Tickets and further information are currently available online at Tickets may be purchased in person beginning March 27th.

Kurt Parsons