Middlebury College Performing Arts Series Celebrates 1,000th Event with Internationally-Renowned Concert Pianist Diana Fanning
November 1, 2010
Joined by Jupiter String Quartet and Cellist Dieuwke Davydov
MIDDLEBURY, VT — A Vermont-based concert pianist with a prestigious international career, Diana Fanning celebrates 40 years of performing professionally in a concert at Middlebury College's Mead Chapel on Friday, November 12 at 8:00 P.M. She is joined by the young and acclaimed Jupiter String Quartet, as well as cellist Dieuwke Davydov, for a free, milestone concert that marks the 1,000th event in Middlebury College Performing Arts Series history.
The concert program includes Chopin's Nocturne no. 1, Carnaval by Schumann, and the Dvořák Quintet for Piano and Strings, performed with the Jupiter String Quartet. Cellist, friend, and frequent collaborator Dieuwke Davydov makes a special appearance to perform Glazunov's Chant du Menestrel with Fanning.
The Jupiter String Quartet gives a companion concert one day earlier, on Thursday, November 11th at noon in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall, including Beethoven's op. 18, no. 4; and Schumann's op. 41, no. 3.
Diana Fanning has toured extensively as a solo performer and chamber musician throughout the eastern U.S. and in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, and Germany. After a solo recital in Munich in 2006, a critic wrote that "Diana Fanning stunned her listeners with the rich spectrum of subtle colors and tonal nuances she revealed. Her recital seized the audience with a veritable deep magic." She has also performed on numerous occasions as a concerto soloist with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO); and it was with the VSO that she made her first professional performance 40 years ago. Fanning has been a guest artist with the Takács Quartet, the Alexander String Quartet, and with ensembles from Point Counter Point Music Camp, which she owned and directed for ten years with her husband Emory Fanning. Vermont Public Television featured her in a program of works by Scarlatti, Ravel, and Chopin. Radio audiences hear her frequently over Vermont Public Radio, and she has also performed live on "Morning Pro Musica" (WGBH-FM) Boston, and on WNYC, New York City.
The Jupiter String Quartet was recently named "one of the strongest young string quartets in the country" by the New York Sun. The Boston Globe has noted "their tone quality is pleasing, their style polished, their equilibrium secure, and their intonation superb." Formed in 2001, the Quartet is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Megan Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (older sister of Megan), and cellist Daniel McDonough (husband of Megan, and brother-in-law of Liz). They have received several recent chamber music honors, including first prize in the Banff International String Quartet Competition, grand prize in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, membership in Lincoln Center's Chamber Music Society Two, and Chamber Music America's Cleveland Quartet Award, which "honors and promotes a rising young string quartet whose artistry demonstrates that it is in the process of establishing a major career." The quartet also won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International auditions and now holds YCA's Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair. Most recently, they were honored to receive an Avery Fisher Career Grant.
The Quartet has performed across the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and South America, in venues including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Boston's Jordan Hall, Mexico City's Palacio de Bellas Artes, and Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center, Corcoran Gallery, and Library of Congress. They have also been enthusiastically received at several major music festivals, including the Aspen Music Festival, the Vancouver Chamber Music Festival, the Caramoor International Music Festival, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Honest Brook Festival, the Skaneateles Festival, and the Yellow Barn Music Festival. They currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts.
Cellist and Middlebury College Affiliate Artist Dieuwke Davydov graduated from Amsterdam Conservatory (Holland) and Juilliard School of Music in New York. An international competition winner, she has performed in concerts throughout Europe, the U.S., and even Africa, in November 1992. As a duo, Fanning and Davydov have undertaken concert tours in Europe which included recordings for Radio Netherlands, and were presented in a Carnegie Recital Hall debut by the Concert Artists Guild International Competition.
Both performances are sponsored by the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series, and generously supported by the Institute for Clinical Science and Art, in memory of Carolyn Reynolds Sunderman, and are free and open to the public. No tickets are required. For information, contact the Middlebury College Box Office at 802-443-6433, or visit the Web site at www.middlebury.edu/arts.
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