Regional Spotlight: Leslie Shank

by Steve Staruch, Minnesota Public Radio
March 25, 2010
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St. Paul, Minn. — Described by the New York Times as "an impressive violinist [who plays] intimately and sweetly at one moment and with fearless enthusiasm at the next," Leslie Shank has been a member of the St Paul Chamber Orchestra for 25 years, 24 as assistant concertmaster.

A winner of the Artists International Competition, Ms. Shank currently serves as concertmaster of the "Music in the Mountains" Festival in Colorado, and has performed at numerous other festivals including the Aspen, Grand Teton, Mainly Mozart, Marlboro, and the Britt Festival.

On today's Regional Spotlight Shank performs with Twin Cities pianist, Susan Billmayer. The Sonata No. 1 by Camille Saint-Saens was recorded in recital at the SPCO Center in St Paul this past January.

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