Latin Fervor Opens 2023-24 MBU Concert Season

Latin Fervor performers

The Music Department at Mary Baldwin University is delighted to announce the first Sunday Recital of the 2023-2024 Concert Season. At 3 p.m. on October 1, audiences will be treated to Latin Fervor: An Afternoon of Latin American Music, featuring guest artists Ian Jessee, violin; Susan Lamb Cook, cello; and Paulo Steinberg, piano. The performance will take place in Francis Auditorium on the Mary Baldwin University campus.

Jessee, Cook, and Steinberg have chosen an appealing program that highlights music from several regions in Latin America. They will perform the mysterious Song of the Black Swan by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, Mexican composer Manuel Ponce’s stirring Trio Romantico, and recent works by Brazilian composers M. Camargo Guarnieri and Edmundo Villani-Côrtes. They will close the program with the dramatic Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by acclaimed Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

Cellist Susan Lamb Cook is on the music faculty at the University of California, Davis, and she holds degrees from the University of Iowa and Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, Austria. Her solo performances include those with the Sacramento Philharmonic, the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, the Reno Philharmonic, the Cairo Symphony (Egypt), and at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. As an active performer and educator both nationally and internationally, she has performed and given masterclasses at universities throughout the U.S. and in China.

Pianist Paulo Steinberg is active performer across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe, appearing regularly as a soloist and collaborative artist. Dr. Steinberg is on the faculty at James Madison University, where he is Professor of Piano. Originally from Brazil, he holds degrees from Universidade de São Paulo, Arizona State University, and Indiana University.

Violinist Ian Jessee is an active chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher throughout the United States and Europe. A dedicated educator, he served as Artist is Residence for String Education at the West Virginia Symphony 1998-2018 where his programs received highest honors in regional, state, and national competitions. He performs regularly with the West Virginia Symphony and the Ohio Valley Symphony, and he recently served as assistant concertmaster of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.

This season’s Sunday Recital Series also includes performances by soprano Jessica Long and pianist Marie Masincup (November 12); pianist Lise Keiter (January 28); and the flute-and-cello due Terra Voce (March 17).

Audiences will also not want to miss the opening Carl Broman Concert, featuring the world-renowned jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut. Chestnut will perform with his jazz trio at 7:30 p.m. on October 9 in Francis Auditorium.

Single tickets for October 1 may be purchased online or at the door and are $5 for the general public and $4 for students and seniors (free for Mary Baldwin students). Season tickets are also available. To purchase tickets online or find more information, please visit or email