Utilizing powerful harmonies and their talents on guitar and piano, the duo Dala – Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine –combine to create a unique brand of acoustic pop. Tim Shelton and Josh Miller – of the band NewFound Road – utilize guitar, banjo and vocals for a sound that encompasses Americana, soul, country and roots music. For this performance, Dala and Shelton and Miller will perform as duos, respectively, before taking the stage together for a finale.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nellie McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet in a world premiere performance that features a delightfully kaleidoscopic view of the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. McKay’s talents on piano, mallets and ukulele and Turtle Island’s innovative rhythmic techniques unleash an unprecedented range of possibilities. A healthy dose of original music rounds out this sweeping concert experience.
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and activist Johnny Clegg is among South Africa’s greatest musical exports. His song Scatterlings of Africa was featured on the soundtrack for the Oscar-winning film Rain Man. The exuberant Clegg and his six-piece band’s high-energy shows never disappoint. The Montreal Gazette said, “He remains in almost constant motion, delivering infectious, highly tuneful, big-beat songs.”
Matthew Hagle, Piano
Violinist Rachel Barton Pine knows no boundaries. She has performed for U.S. Supreme Court justices, played on NBC’s Today Show and served as an Olympic torchbearer. An artist with an extensive repertoire and elite technical skills, Pine is the first woman and only living artist to be published as part of Carl Fischer’s Masters Collection series. In a demonstration of her versatility, Pine moonlights with her heavy metal band, Earthen Grave.
Duo in A Major for violin and piano – Schuber
Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 80 – Prokofiev
Set of Lullabies:
Wiegenlied (Cradle Song), No. 4 from Fünf Lieder, Op. 49, arranged by Albert Spalding – Brahms
Rêve d’Enfant (Child’s Dream), Op.14 – Ysaye
Lullaby (1918) – Clarke
Mother and Child, No. 2 from Suite (1943) – Still
Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano – Franck
Fronted by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman – an original member of The Byrds – the Desert Rose Band is a two-time Grammy nominee and three-time CMA award-winner. The band racked up a string of Top 10 country hits in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including I Still Believe in You, He’s Back and I’m Blue, She Don’t Love Nobody and Story of Love. The band reunites for this rare acoustic performance.
One of the elite chamber ensembles of its generation, St. Lawrence String Quartet has been the Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University since 1998. Priding itself on bringing every piece of music to the audience in vivid color, with pronounced communication and great respect to the composer, the St. Lawrence String Quartet has thrilled audiences with its fearless style for more than two decades. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called one of the quartet’s performances, “harrowing, provocative and brilliant … wonderfully spontaneous.”
String Quartet in Eb-Major, Op. 20, No. 1 – Haydn
String Quartet No. 2 in C-Major, Op. 36 – Britten
String Quartet in C-Major, Op. 59, No. 3 – Beethoven
For 50 years, The Irish Rovers have thrilled audiences with exciting stage shows. Recently honored with the prestigious Irish Music Association’s Tommy Makem Award, the band embarks on its final tour. The Irish Rovers have produced timeless anthems including The Unicorn, Wasn’t That a Party and Drunken Sailor. “Throughout the years, these international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer” (The Belfast Telegraph).
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest pipers, Carlos Núñez’s music combines ancient Celtic roots with modern Spanish energy. Guests on his 2012 double-CD release, Discover, include Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Sinead O’Connor and The Chieftains. The Guardian said of Núñez, “pipe music as if played by a Coltrane or a Hendrix.”
Cutting-edge artist Cameron Carpenter is shattering the stereotypes of organ music. From the complete works of J.S. Bach, to hundreds of non-organ transcriptions, to collaborations with jazz and pop artists, Carpenter’s repertoire is always expanding. He has been featured on CNN’s The Next List and CBS Sunday Morning, and is the first organist to earn a Grammy nomination for a solo album.
An affectionate re-creation of a small-town band from Lynchburg, Tennessee around the turn of the 20th century, Mr. Jack Daniel’s Original Silver Cornet Band has been transporting audiences to a bygone era for more than 30 years. Concert goers of all ages will be charmed by the band’s Hometown Christmas performance, which will lift spirits and stir up holiday memories.
A brass ensemble like you’ve never seen before, Mnozil Brass acts as its own orchestra, ballet, chorus and ensemble of soloists — all at the same time. These seven musicians have been called the “Monty Pythons of music” due to the element of humor and comedic timing present in each performance. Mnozil Brass was recently featured on the Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows soundtrack and its first four YouTube videos have more than 5 million hits … and counting!
Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. On this program, he performs transcribed solo violin works by J. S. Bach, as well as his own compositions and contemporary music.
This a cappella group of formerly homeless U.S. military veterans — along with family members of veterans with unique connections to this group — bring their message of redemption, hope, home and family to the stage. The choir got its “break” on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and has since been featured on NBC Nightly News and E!. The ensemble performs renditions of doo-wop, soul, traditional gospel and pop music.
Spanish string quartet Cuarteto Casals and Grammy-nominated guitarist Manuel Barrueco collaborate at the historic University Auditorium and will premiere Robert Sierra’s new composition, Fantasía. Barrueco has toured internationally for more than three decades and is recognized as one of the world’s most important guitarists. Strad magazine called the innovative Cuarteto Casals, “a quartet for the new millennium if I’ve ever heard one.”
Quartet Vistes al mar –Toldrá
Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10 – Debussy
Fantasia (based on Boccherini’s Nocturne of Madrid) – Sierra
Quintet in D Major, G. 448 Fandango – Boccherini
Among the most sought-after soloists of his generation, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with many of America’s renowned orchestras, including the Chicago and Boston Symphonies and the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics. Weiss was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in 2010, and The Arizona Republic called him “an effortlessly brilliant performer … with technique to burn and strongly personable energy.”
Selected Scarlatti sonatas:
L. 421 D Minor, K. 552; L. 209 G Major, K. 455; L. 201 C Major, K. 326; L. 480 F Minor, K. 365; L. 320 E-flat Major, K. 253; L. 354 C Minor, K. 230; L. 47 B-flat Major, K. 439; L. 40 G Minor, K. 43; L. 198 F Major, K. 296; L. 425 D Minor, K. 553
Goyescas Los majos enamorados, Op. 11 – Granados
Coloquio en la reja
El fandango de candil
Quejas, o la maja y el ruisenor
El Amor Y La Muerte (Balada)
Epilogo: Serenata del espectro
Recipients of two Opus Awards for Concert of the Year, the New Orford String Quartet is hailed for its “ravishingly beautiful tone” and “extraordinary technical skills and musicianship.” Consisting of the concertmasters and principal violinist and cellist of the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, the ensemble’s debut album was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2012, and was named among La Presse’s top CDs of 2011.
Quartet in G Major, Op. 76, No. 1 – Haydn
Quartet No. 2 – Hétu
Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127 – Beethoven
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A conductorless ensemble of soloists comprised of the top alumni of the Sphinx Competition for young Black and Latino string players, Sphinx Virtuosi was described by The New York Times as “first rate in every way.” Performing annually at Carnegie Hall, the ensemble is inspired by its mission to advance diversity in classical music, while engaging young and new audiences through performances of varied repertoire. Catalyst Quartet – a Sphinx ensemble comprised of Bryan Hernandez-Luch and Karla Donehew Perez (violins), Christopher Jenkins (viola) and Karlos Rodriguez (cello) – will serve as the string orchestra’s four principals.
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Four Seasons in Buenos Aires – Astor Piazzolla
Tenebrae, First Movement – Osvaldo Golijov (Catalyst Quartet)
Strum – Jessie Montgomery (Catalyst Quartet)
Lamentations for Cello Solo: Perpetual Motion – Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (Gabriel Cabezas, Cello)
Suite for Strings – Heitor Villa-Lobos
Concerto for Strings, Op. 33 | Finale: Furioso – Alberto Ginastera
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Since their debut release in 1997, the Ireland-based quintet, Lúnasa, has earned critical acclaim for their blend of acoustic and improvisational music forms to create breathtaking arrangements. Comprised of some of the finest musicians in Ireland, Lúnasa’s members use distinctive wind and string instruments to expose the intricate rhythms of the Irish, jazz and bluegrass genres. The quintet has toured in Europe, Japan and Australia, and has performed at London’s Guinness Fleadh, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Chicago Celtic Festival.
A key figure in British music, Al Stewart’s career spans four decades and is still going strong. His signature sound and thought-provoking lyrics propelled him to the top of the U.S. charts in the late ’70s. The title tracks to Stewart’s platinum albums Time Passages and Year of the Cat broke into the Top 10 on the Billboard charts. Stewart recently released a live album Uncorked, with Dave Nachmanoff and continues to tour extensively in the U.S. and Europe.
Folk group Ensemble Basiani was created in 2000 under the blessing of Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia. The ensemble, headed by George Donadze, sings folk songs and chants, reviving them from the ancient phonological and notated recordings. Basiani has worked with many world-renowned ethno-musicians, received international acclaim and performed in well-known concert halls and festivals around the globe. In 2010, for the first time in the history of Georgian traditional music, Basiani performed Georgian traditional polyphony along with masterpieces by J.S. Bach and other European classical composers at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.
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Apollo’s Fire presents Come to the River, a musical voyage from the spiritual heights of an old American revival, to the driving rhythms of New England barn dances. Performed by four singer-actors, a hot-shot hammered dulcimer player, wooden flutes and a handful of early music artists, conductor Jeannette Sorrell and her crossover performers bring the rich tradition of sharp-note singing and southern harmony to life. Classic Music Magazine called Apollo’s Fire, “the U.S.A.’s hottest baroque band.”
Due to circumstances beyond UFPA’s control, Fazil Say has cancelled his piano recital scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at University Auditorium. The concert will not be rescheduled for the 2012-13 season.
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Multiple Grammy-winning pianist Chucho Valdés is well-known on both the Latin and U.S. jazz scenes, producing more than 80 CD recordings throughout his career. Called “the dean of Latin jazz” by The New York Times, his works have been heard in esteemed venues, such as the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Valdés is a Latin Jazz Hall of Fame inductee and his dynamic career has included collaborations with musical legends Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis and Carlos Santana.
Gainesville has become one of Interpreti Veneziani’s favorite stops, as they make their seventh appearance with UFPA. Specializing in Baroque music, the Italian string ensemble plays on original instruments, and their expertise as soloist and ensemble musicians has earned them an impeccable reputation around the world. In their home of Venice, Italy, they perform roughly 350 concerts, with more than 60,000 subscribers each season at the San Vidal Church, where Vivaldi played and his spirit still hangs strong.
Two world-renowned guitar trios combine for this unique experience featuring virtuosi from four countries – Japan, Canada, Belgium and the U.S. Inspired by their recent Canadian tour, the California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio perform intricate original compositions as well as new arrangements of progressive rock, jazz, world and classical music. Between them, the trios have released 16 CDs and explored nearly every style of guitar playing imaginable.
Selected as Musical America’s 2012 Musicians of the Year, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han rank among today’s most esteemed and influential classical musicians. The talent, energy, imagination and dedication they bring to their multifaceted endeavors go unmatched. In high demand among chamber music audiences worldwide, the duo has appeared each season in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and concert series.
For more than two decades, the Leipzig String Quartet has garnered the attention of international critics and audiences with its distinctly dark timbre and meticulously sculpted interpretations of a widely varied repertoire. Formed by the principals of the renowned Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the quartet continues to uphold the sound and integrity ascribed to the great orchestra.
Under the direction of world-renowned drummer Tommy Igoe, Live at Birdland recreates the ambience and experience of a night at Birdland Jazz Club. The Birdland Big Band – a dynamic new ensemble featuring some of New York City’s finest musicians – provides an unforgettable musical event. The show features fresh treatments of iconic Charlie Parker compositions, as well as innovative arrangements from contemporary composers such as Chick Corea, Arturo Sandoval, Sting and Herbie Hancock. The band also maintains a rare selection of pieces from the Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Stan Kenton and Woody Herman orchestras.
Multiple Grammy-winning Riders in the Sky’s presentation of Christmas the Cowboy Way blends a festive mix of western classics, traditional Christmas music and the Riders’ original yuletide carols in a holiday spectacular sure to delight Saddle Pals of all ages. For the past 30 years, the Riders have spread their legendary wacky humor and way-out western wit. The quartet returns to Gainesville for their third visit while still keeping true to the western genre. After 35 albums and countless national tours, they are still riding, performing and living life “The Cowboy Way!”
With Marc-André Hamelin, Piano
With a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, the Takács Quartet seamlessly combines four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire. The ensemble is based in Boulder at the University of Colorado and captured the 2011 Award for Chamber Music and Song, presented by the Royal Philharmonic Society in London. Known for innovative programming, the Takács Quartet regularly collaborates with artists from various genres. For this performance, the ensemble welcomes world-renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who boasts nine Grammy nominations and is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association.
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Hailed by NPR as “one of the finest saxophonists in the business,” Steve Wilson combines his jazz expertise with respected artists to form the group Wilsonian’s Grain. The quartet has been featured on NPR Live from the Kennedy Center and headlined at the 2011 Detroit Jazz Festival. Wilson’s multifaceted artistry is frequently recognized – he was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as best alto sax player in 2008, and for best soprano sax player in 2010. He also serves on the faculties at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music and the SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Music.
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Armed with eight ukuleles and co-ed vocals, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain finds its art in reinterpretation of all musical genres. Since 1985, the ensemble has revived the instrument’s hilarious, foot-stomping, twanging entertainment. Live concerts have allowed the orchestra to share the infectious toe-tapping sounds with performances in Germany, France, Japan, Sweden and pit stops for shows of rock-and-roll classics with Americans, as well.
Audience members are encouraged to bring their ukuleles for an audience participation piece titled, Relentlessly In C. To learn more about the audience-participation piece and obtain the sheet music for it, and for more information about the performance, please click here.
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Two-time Classic BRITs’ female artist of the year Alison Balsom partners with the Scottish Ensemble, the U.K.’s only professional string orchestra. As an acclaimed trumpeter, Balsom headlined The Last Night of the BBC Proms with an audience viewership of roughly 200 million and has also been seen on The Late Show with David Letterman. She pairs with the Glasgow-based ensemble featuring 12 players who frequently perform at world-class festivals around the world. Under the baton of artistic director Jonathan Morton, the group utilizes new-found perspectives to create distinguished programming in the classical realm. The ensemble combined with Balsom for the 2010 top-selling CD, Italian Concertos.
Siberian Virtuosi – the State Ensemble of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) – is comprised of 12 violinists and a pianist and is increasing its popularity in Russia and worldwide. Founded in 1994 as the Virtuosi of Yakutia, the ensemble has performed more than 1,200 concerts over the past 18 years in 14 European and Asian countries, including France, United Kingdom, Austria, Italy, Germany, Israel, China and South Korea. The ensemble was recently chosen to represent Russia in the cultural program of The World Expo 2010 Shanghai.
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Toccata & Fugue – Bach
Scherzo – Tchaikovsky
Navarra – Sarasate
Vocalise – Rachmaninoff
Caprice No. 1 – Paganini
Scherzo & Tarantella – Wieniawski
Humoresque – Schedrine
Spanish Dance No. 1 – De Falia
Hungarian Dance No. 1 – Brahms
Summer from the Four Seasons – Vivaldi
Rondo – Mozart
Aria – Bach
Scherzo – Mendelssohn
Rondo – Bazzini
Yacutean Dance – Gerasimov
Libertango – Piazzola
Walk along the Hollywood – Ermoshkin
Sword Dance – Khachaturian
Program subject to change.
In May 2010 history was made in a small recording studio in Havana when three of the most brilliant young jazz artists on the planet joined forces to record what will soon become one of the most defining new works of music to hit the streets in 2011. The result of those sessions, a stellar album titled Ninety Miles, was released and was named to year end lists of 2011 Best CDs by NPR among others. For this performance, Grammy award winner Nicholas Payton will join the band.
Legendary guitarists John Williams and John Etheridge go back more than a decade to the formation of The Magic Box, which toured for three years. Williams and Etheridge eventually became a duo, first recording Live in Dublin for Sony Records and eventually touring the world in esteemed venues including Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House and Hamer Hall. The two Johns play an eclectic mix that illuminates their diverse skills – complementing one another and bringing to the table a vast wealth of musical experiences across all genres.
Noel Paul Stookey has been altering both the musical and ethical landscape of this country and the world for decades—both as the “Paul” of the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary and as an independent musician who passionately believes in bringing the spiritual into the practice of daily life. Funny, irreverently reverent, thoughtful, compassionate, passionate — Stookey’s vocal sound is known all across this land: from the Wedding Song to In These Times.
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It’s hard to believe, but the Ariel String Quartet – still in their 20s – celebrated their 10th anniversary in 2008. Formed in Israel, the ensemble moved to the United States in 2004 to continue their professional studies. Among their many achievements, the quartet was awarded third prize at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and first prize at the International Franz Schubert and The Music of Modernity competition in Graz, Austria. In 2006, the quartet was named grand prize winners of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
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It’s been 50 years since Tom Dooley began the “folk music revival,” but musical legend the Kingston Trio is booking more gigs than ever. The original group formed in 1957 and set the stage for Dylan, Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary and the entire protest movement of the ‘60s. They became the number one vocal group in the world, a musical and cultural phenomenon whose record sales and concert draws were matched only by The Beatles. Today’s Kingston Trio: George Grove, Bill Zorn and Rick Dougherty, continue to deliver the trademark three-part harmony and clean, crisp sound that has thrilled fans for more than five decades.
Celtic Crossroads is critically acclaimed as “the most exhilarating and authentic show to come from Ireland in decades – not to be missed.” It is an explosion of youthful energy and dazzling musicianship. Celtic Crossroads abounds with fusions of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy and jazz whilst pulsating with the rhythms of exciting Irish dance percussion. Spontaneous mid show ovations are the norm, and enraptured Celtic Crossroads audiences are always compelled to shout, and SHOUT for more.
Mihoko Tsutsumi, conductor
Music of Africa and The African Diaspora
Lyric-coloratura soprano Olga Ionova, one of Moscow’s leading opera stars, first came to Gainesville in March 2009 as part of the University of Florida Russian Studies Spring Festival.
She has appeared in leading roles in Verdi’s La Traviata, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snowmaiden, Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini, Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix and Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.
SFJAZZ Collective is an all-star jazz ensemble comprising eight of the finest performers and composers at work in jazz today. Launched in 2004 by SFJAZZ, the SFJAZZ Collective has quickly become one of the most exciting and acclaimed groups on the American and international jazz scenes.
In addition to its outstanding line-up, the SFJAZZ Collective has been praised for its innovative approach to repertoire. Each year, the ensemble performs unique arrangements of compositions by a modern jazz master along with new pieces by the Collective members, commissioned by SFJAZZ. Given the elite talent assembled in the SFJAZZ Collective, it is tempting, on first glance, to think of this ensemble as just another “all-star band.” But as the “Collective” portion of the group’s name suggests, these exceptional artists have come together in pursuit of a larger purpose. Through this pioneering approach, simultaneously honoring jazz’s recent history while championing the music’s up-to-the-minute directions, the Collective embodies SFJAZZ’s organizational commitment to jazz as a living, ever-relevant art form.
The Collective’s 2011 personnel features MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner, three-time DownBeat “#1 Rising Star Alto Saxophonist” and founding member Miguel Zenón; trombonist Robin Eubanks, a two-time DownBeat “Trombonist of the Year,” trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Grammy-nominated vibraphonist Stefon Harris and the incendiary rhythm section boasts 2010 Guggenheim Fellow Edward Simon on piano along with two of the most in-demand sidemen on the international scene – bassist Matt Penman and Eric Harland, winner of DownBeat #1 Rising Star drummer for the last three years.
After exploring the work of Ornette Coleman (2004), John Coltrane (2005), Herbie Hancock (2006), Thelonious Monk (2007), Wayne Shorter (2008), McCoy Tyner (2009) and Horace Silver (2010), the Collective takes on the material of pop music icon Stevie Wonder for its spring 2011 tour. The group approaches the work of Wonder, an artist outside of the jazz tradition, but one whose sophisticated songcraft and timeless melodies are more than worthy of exploration.
UFPA presents Jane Monheit, an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds.
Jane Monheit celebrates the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album yet, Home, a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician.
On Home Monheit has upped the ante in her career by digging deep into what brought her to this music in the first place: great songs, and her passion for interpreting them. This return to the heart of who she is, and the fearless honestly with which she imparts her musical truth, lend great maturity and sincerity to the album: her closeness to these songs and the musicians who play them are what Home is all about.
The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me, her 2009 release for Concord, was actually created in two parts. Four of the tracks were done while Monheit was still pregnant. The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me, produced by Matt Pierson, includes a rich assortment of jazz and pop classics, ranging from Cole Porter (“Get Out of Town”) and Jimmy Dorsey (“I’m Glad There Is You”) to Leonard Bernstein (“Lucky to Be Me”).
The album’s powerful, glorious maturity can, Monheit agrees, be linked to the fact that the previous year had been a significant one for her, with the celebration of her 30th birthday and the birth of her and husband Rick Montalbano’s first child, a son named Jack.
She brings all of this to the stage of University Auditorium the night of February 27th!
Quartet in A Major, Op. 41, No. 3 – Schumann
12 Microludes for String Quartet – Kurtag
Piano Quintet in G Minor, Op. 57 – Shostakovich (Kevin Orr, Piano)
Three members of Jupiter String Quartet, along with pianist and UF Professor Kevin Orr, all attended the Cleveland Institute of Music.
This tight-knit quartet is closer than most. Members Megan Freivogel (violin) and Liz Freivogel (viola) are sisters, while cellist Daniel McDonough is married to Megan.
Daniel (cellist), Nelson (violin) and Meg (violin) met at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and when they were searching for a violist Meg suggested they might consider her sister Liz, who was at nearby Oberlin College.
The quartet chose its name because Jupiter was the most prominent planet in the night sky at the time of its formation, and the astrological symbol for Jupiter resembles the number four. There are also musical references (for example, Holst’s The Planets, in which Jupiter is “the bringer of jollity”) that emphasize the connotations of happiness and strength associated with the Roman god Jupiter.
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Sambaguru is an ensemble of six musicians from Brazil, Sri Lanka and the United States that has been playing a wide-ranging blend of original music since 1997. Their rich and extensive repertoire arises from the huge diversity in approaches and techniques that distinguish the personal and regional backgrounds of each band member. It is a vibrant band that has its own stylistic inner tensions among these players from widely separated areas of the globe. The result is a musical experience of remarkable depth and quality.
Sambaguru has performed at The Hollywood Bowl, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The House of Blues, Getty Center, Playboy Jazz SummerFest, Verizon Music Festival, The John Anson Ford Theatre, Salt Lake City International Jazz Festival, The Sweet Pea Festval in Bozeman, Montana, The Santa Monica Festival, The French Quarter Festival in New Orleans, The Sierra Folklife Festival, Riverside Jazz Festival, African Market Place, Grass Valley World Music Festival, IAJE- Jazz Educators Convention, San Jose Jazz Festival, Napa Valley Opera House, among other events and venues.
In 1998 Kátia Moraes and Bill Brendle had their composition Não Vá chosen as a finalist in the World Music category of the John Lennon’s Songwriting Contest. Sambaguru is featured on the musical score for the film Woman On Top, a Fox Searchlight Film released in September 2000.
In 2001and 2002 the group was nominated in the best World Music category for the New Times Newspaper Music Awards. SambaGuru was selected to be on The California Arts Council Touring Roster 2002-2003, and released their new double CD LIVE on Kufala Records in 2003.