Middlebury Bach Festival Opening Concert: Sophie Shao, cello; Frank Huang, violin
Friday, April 25, 2014
8:00 pm, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
Middlebury Bach Festival Opening Concert:
Sophie Shao, cello
Frank Huang, violin
Exquisite chamber musician and cellist Sophie Shao returns to Middlebury to play as we’ve never heard her before—unaccompanied—performing Bach’s first and sixth solo cello suites. She shares the night with Houston Symphony concertmaster and violinist Frank Huang, who plays Bach’s first violin sonata, and the second partita, which concludes with the great Chaconne. Associate Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin offers a pre-concert lecture at 7:00 pm in Room 221. Stay for a reception after the performance. Sponsored by the Performing Arts Series, Middlebury Bach Festival, and Office of the President.
Reserved Seating. Tickets: $25/20/6. Visit the Box Office for details>>
BACH Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001
BACH Suite No. 1 in G major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007
BACH Suite No. 6 in D major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1012
BACH Partita No. 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004
A recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, cellist Sophie Shao was the winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions. Highlights of last season include the premiere of film composer Howard Shore’s concerto “Mythic Gardens” with the American Symphony Orchestra, the complete Bach Suites (in one evening) at Union College, recitals at Middlebury College and the Philadelphia Chamber Music, and her annual “Sophie Shao and Friends” performances from Brattleboro, VT to Sedona, AZ. Highlights of this season include a two-week American tour as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart, a recording with Grammy-winning producer Adam Abeshouse of the complete Bach Suites, and performances throughout the country. Ms. Shao attended Curtis at thirteen and continued her studies at Yale, receiving a B.A. in Religious Studies and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music. She is on the faculty of Vassar College and the Bard Conservatory and plays on an 1860 cello by Honoré Derazey once owned by Pablo Casals.
Violinist Frank Huang was appointed concertmaster of the Houston Symphony in 2010. First Prize-winner of the 2003 Naumburg Competition and the 2000 Hannover International Violin Competition, he has also taken top prizes in the Premio Paganini, Indianapolis, Irving M. Klein and the D’Angelo international competitions. Recent concerts include debuts in Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot, Kennedy Center, Herbst Theatre and a second recital in Alice Tully Hall, which featured the world premiere of Donald Martino’s Sonata for Solo Violin. His commitment to chamber music, has taken him to the Marlboro, Caramoor and Seattle festivals and Ravinia’s Steans Institute. He frequently participates in Musicians from Marlboro tours, and was selected by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center to be a member of their Chamber Music Two program. Mr. Huang studied with Robert Mann at Juilliard and Donald Weilerstein at the Cleveland Institute.
“The players maintained a seamless cohesion and a warm, lean tone. This was all the more admirable because they’re not a regular ensemble, just colleagues and friends”--Times Union