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Masterful Strings at the UMD School of Music

Tue, Feb 16, 2016

Masterful Strings at the UMD School of Music

Join us for this series of recitals and masterclasses featuring UMD School of Music faculty and special guest artists. All events are free of charge and take place in Gildenhorn Recital Hall at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Fischer Duo Recital
Norman Fischer, cello
Jeanne Kierman, piano
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 . 8PM

Celebrating 45 years of playing together, the Fischer Duo delights lovers of chamber music across the United States with performances described as "boldly imaginative and technically assured," (Boston Globe), "intense and persuasive" (Gramophone), and "soaring lines with both beauty and intensity" (The New York Times).

Masterclass with Cellist Norman Fischer
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 . 12PM

School of Music cello students refine their repertoire with world-renowned cellist Norman Fischer. Norman Fischer has concertized on five continents and in 49 of the 50 United States. He was cellist with the Concord String Quartet through its 16-year career and winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award, two Grammy nominations and an Emmy. Mr. Fischer is the cellist of the Fischer Duo, a group that was founded in 1971 with pianist Jeanne Kierman and specializes in both the classical masterworks of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann as well as music of our own time. He is currently Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Cello and Director of Chamber Music at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston.

Left Bank Quartet
Iconoclasts: Flouting Conventions
David Salness and Sally McLain, violin
Katherine Murdock, viola
Evelyn Elsing, cello
Guest: Emily Cantrell, viola (UMD ’13)
Monday, March 7, 2016 . 8PM

This program features three of history’s great musical minds whose imaginations transformed Western music. A performance of Stravinsky’s string quartet oeuvre, which was composed after the riotous fallout from his Rite of Spring, begs the question: is this modernist only just a Neo-Classicist? Mozart, while respecting his rich Classical traditions, mightily expands the scope of his musical statements beyond the four basic string quartet voices in his Viola Quintet in C Major. Perhaps it was Beethoven’s very deafness that enabled him to let his creativity offend the ears of his time—leaping ahead with this still contemporary-sounding Great Fugue—in what many experts feel is “the first composition of the 20th Century!”

Call and Responses
James Stern, violin
Thursday, March 10, 2016 . 8PM

To celebrate the release of his Solo Bach CD, faculty artist James Stern presents a recital of music for unaccompanied violin. Bach’s G minor Sonata is followed by two magnificent 20th Century works clearly modeled upon it: Sonata no. 1 by Eugène Ysaÿe, and Sonata by Béla Bartók.

Murasaki Duo: Duo Virtuoso
Eric Kutz, cello
Miko Kominami, piano
Thursday, March 24, 2016 . 8PM

Formed at The Juilliard School in 1996 and named after Lady Murasaki, the author of the world’s first novel, this piano and cello duo performs a repertoire including pieces by Piazzolla and Strauss. 

Recital: Dimitri Murrath, viola
Monday, April 18, 2016 . 8PM

A recipient of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Dimitri Murrath is a first-prize winner at the Primrose International Viola Competition. He is a faculty member of the New England Conservatory. An avid chamber musician, he is a member of the Boston Chamber Music Society and has collaborated with the Guarneri, Mendelssohn, Takacs and Juilliard String Quartets among others. The performance is made possible by The Tretter Distinguished Faculty Fellowship in Violin.

Viola Masterclass with Susan Dubois
April 21, 2016 . 11AM to 12:30PM
*Will take place in The Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall (Room 2200) in The Clarice

Hailed by The Strad as “an impressive protagonist proclaiming a magnetic, outgoing personality, a lustrous, vibrant tone, and excellent intonation,” violist Susan Dubois is considered one of the leading young artist-teachers of viola today. Formerly the principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra, Dubois is currently a member of the artist faculty and string-area coordinator at the University of North Texas.

Marine String Duo
Peter Wilson, violin
Aaron Clay, double bass
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 . 12PM

Join the two members of the President’s Own United States Marine Band for a concert of works and arrangements they often play at the White House events and a discussion about life as member of this prestigious ensemble.

Rorem, Ravel and Ragtimes
Irina Muresanu, violin
Rita Sloan, piano
Tuesday, April 26, 2016 . 8PM

The two artists and faculty members explore classical music infused with ragtimes, American blues, Spanish melodies, and gypsy themes, all connected by the works of Maurice Ravel.

The Versatile Viola: Gritty, Modern and Mellow
Katherine Murdock, viola
Mark Hill, oboe
Lee Hinkle, percussion
Rita Sloan, piano
Friday, May 6, 2016 . 8:00PM

Paired with oboe, percussion, electronics and piano, the viola moves from supporting voice to virtuoso soloist in a program that includes two world premieres and works by Berio and Brahms.