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Concertmaster to present violin recital

Christian Zamora, associate concertmaster for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, will present a violin recital on Sunday, August 4 at 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 12th Avenue and Lake Street, Alexandria, as a part of its 2013 Summer Concert Series.

The program will include works by composers Ysaye, Piazzolla and Bach. A reception will follow in the parish hall, where Zamora will visit with audience members.

Zamora was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. When he was a child, his family moved to the U.S., where he began studying the violin at age 9 within the public school system. He switched to private study at age 13 with violinist Paul Hatton, his future stepfather.

By age 18, Zamora moved to Madison, Wisconsin to study with one of Hatton's former teachers, violinist and pedagogue Vartan Manoogian. After college, he pursued a professional career, making numerous appearances throughout the country as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician.

He has held the title of concertmaster for the Bismarck/Mandan Symphony, the Kansas City Puccini Festival Orchestra, the Kansas City Civic Opera and the Mississippi Valley Orchestra. He was also a founding member of the Yurodivy String Quartet and served as faculty member for the Kansas City String Quartet Seminar.

The cost to attend the recital is $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Admission for children younger than 11 is free.

Tickets may be purchased at Carlson Music Center in Alexandria or by calling the church at (320) 763-3201 before August 1.