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Sophie Shao and Friends; 09/20/2019

Friday, September 20

Sophie Shao and Friends

7:30 PM, Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

Our 100th anniversary season opens with a perennial Middlebury favorite, cellist Sophie Shao. Applauded by the New York Times for her "eloquent, powerful" interpretations, Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu chamber ensembles that are brimming with passion and talent. This season, she's joined by violinists Jennifer Frautschi and Zachary DePue, violists Paul Neubauer and Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Fred Sherry for a program including Brahms's Sextet No. 1 in B-flat Major, Selected Consorts for Six Viols by Gibbons, and Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht. A Nelson Fund event.

Join us for a free, season-opening reception after the concert.

Reserved seating. Tickets: $30 General public/$25 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth (18 and under)/$6 Midd students*

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Cellist Sophie Shao performs the first movement of Beethoven's Cello Sonata No. 5 in recital with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute. 


GIBBONS Selected Consorts for Six Viols

Fantasia a 6, no. III, for Viols, MB33
Fantasia a 6, no. IV, for Viols, MB34
Go from My Window, variations in 6 parts for Viols, MB 40

SCHOENBERG Verklärte Nacht, op. 4

Sehr langsam
Schwer betont
Sehr breit und langsam
Sehr rubig


BRAHMS String Sextet no. 1 in B-flat Major, op. 18

Allegro ma non troppo
Andante ma moderato
Scherzo. Allegro molto
Rondo. Poco Allegretto e grazioso


Sophie Shao and Friends

Jennifer Frautschi and Zachary DePue, Violins
Paul Neubauer and Che-Yen Chen, Violas
Sophie Shao and Fred Sherry, Cellos


Jennifer Frautschi, Violin
Two-time GRAMMY nominee andAvery Fisher career grant recipient Jennifer Frautschi has garnered worldwide acclaim as an adventurous musician with a remarkably wide-ranging repertoire. Highlights of her past season included performances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Tucson Symphony, as well as return engagements with the Alabama, Arkansas, Belo Horizonte, Chattanooga, Phoenix, and Toledo Symphonies and the Rhode Island Philharmonic. This past summer she performed at the Ojai, La Jolla, Santa Fe, Moab, Bridgehampton, and SaltBay Music Festivals. Her discography includes the Stravinsky Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Robert Craft, and two GRAMMY-nominated recordings with the Fred Sherry Quartet, of Schoenberg's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra and the Schoenberg Third String Quartet.  Her most recent releases are a recording of Romantic Horn Trios, with hornist Eric Ruske and pianist Stephen Prutsman, and the Stravinsky Duo Concertant with pianist Jeremy Denk.  With pianist John Blacklow she will release two discs on Albany Records this year:  the first devoted to the Schumann sonatas; the second an exploration of recent additions to the violin and piano repertoire by American composers.  Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School; she also attended Harvard, NEC, and Juilliard, where she studied with Robert Mann. She performs on a 1722 Antonio Stradivarius violin known as the "ex-Cadiz," on generous loan from a private American foundation.
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Zachary DePue, Violin
Zachary DePue, first violinist with the Indianapolis Quartet, has established himself in concert venues around the world delivering virtuosic high-energy performances. DePue became one of the youngest concertmasters in the country when he was appointed to the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) in 2007. For more than a decade, DePue served the orchestra as a passionate and dedicated leader both in and outside the concert hall. DePue rose to international prominence as a founding member of Time for Three, with whom he performed for 15 years. During his tenure with the category-defying trio, he made numerous tours and gave high-profile appearances, including a performance on the 2014 semifinals round of ABC's Dancing with the Stars. DePue's earliest introduction to the stage came through performances with his family. He is the youngest of four brothers—all violinists—who make up The DePue Brothers Band, an eclectic ensemble that blends bluegrass and classical music, with elements of jazz, blues, and rock. DePue graduated in 2002 from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he served as concertmaster of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and studied with renowned violinists Ida Kavafian and Jaime Laredo. He is a former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra where he performed in the first violin section for five years. He performs on a violin made by Giuseppe Rocca of Turin, Italy, in 1846.
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Che-Yen Chen, Viola
Taiwanese-American violist Che-Yen Chen is a founding member of the Formosa Quartet, the First Prize winner of the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. He was awarded First Prize in the 2003 Primrose International Viola Competition, and has been described by the San Diego Union Tribune as an artist whose "most impressive aspect of his playing was his ability to find not just the subtle emotion, but the humanity hidden in the music." Having served as the principal violist of the San Diego Symphony for eight seasons, and appeared as principal violist with numerous major orchestras in North America, he now devotes his time to the Formosa Quartet and teaching, recitals, and other chamber music projects. The quartet’s many commissions have contributed to the 21st century’s string quartet literature. In 2016, the ensemble premiered Lei Liang's Song Recollections; based on music indigenous to aboriginal tribes of Taiwan, the piece is the result of a two-year commissioning project that looks ahead to a new disc of music inspired by Hungarian and Taiwanese folk traditions. Other commissions include Shih-Hui Chen’s Returning Souls: Four Pieces on Three Formosan Amis Legends and Fantasia on the Theme of Plum Blossom, Dana Wilson's Hungarian Folk Songs, and Wei-Chieh Lin's Pasibutbut. An alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Mr. Chen is currently on the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music and has given masterclasses in major conservatories and universities across North America and Asia.
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Paul Neubauer, Viola
Violist Paul Neubauer's exceptional musicality and effortless playing led the New York Times to call him “a master musician.” In 2018 he made his Chicago Symphony subscription debut with conductor Riccardo Muti and his Mariinsky Orchestra debut with conductor Valery Gergiev. He also gave the U.S. Premiere of the newly discovered Impromptu for viola and piano by Shostakovich with pianist Wu Han. In addition, his recording of the Aaron Kernis Viola Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia was released on Signum Records and his recording of the complete viola and piano music by Ernest Bloch with pianist Margo Garrett was released on Delos. Appointed principal violist of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has appeared as soloist with over 100 orchestras including the New York, Los Angeles, and Helsinki philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Bournemouth symphonies; and Santa Cecilia, English Chamber, and Beethovenhalle orchestras. He has premiered viola concertos by Bartók (revised version of the Viola Concerto), Friedman, Glière, Jacob, Kernis, Lazarof, Müller-Siemens, Ott, Penderecki, Picker, Suter, and Tower and has been featured on CBS's Sunday MorningA Prairie Home Companion, and in StradStrings, and People magazines. A two-time Grammy nominee, he has recorded on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal, and Sony Classical. Mr. Neubauer is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculty of The Juilliard School and Mannes College as well as a Visiting Professor at DePaul University. 
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Sophie Shao, Cello
Cellist Sophie Shao received an Avery Fisher Career Grant at age 19, was a major prizewinner at the 2001 Rostropovich Competition, and a laureate of the XII Tchaikovsky Competition in 2002. She has given the world premiere performances of Howard Shore's Mythic Gardens, a concerto written for her, and Richard Wilson's Concerto for Cello and Mezzo-Soprano with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra, appeared as soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Keith Lockhart in performances of the Elgar and Haydn C major concertos, performed the Saint-Saens La Muse et Le Poete with violinist Miranda Cuckson at the Bard Music Festival, and presented the six Bach Suites in one afternoon at Union College in Schenectady. She has made recital and chamber music appearances with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Northwest, Middlebury College, and Vassar College. She can be heard on EMI Classics, Bridge Records (Marlboro Music's 50th anniversary recording), and on Albany Records, and recently released a double-CD set of the Bach Cello Suites. Shao studied at The Curtis Institute with David Soyer and Felix Galimir, and, upon graduating, continued with Aldo Parisot at Yale University, receiving a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Yale College and a Master's of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she was enrolled as a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. She is a member of the music faculty at the University of Connecticut. Shao plays on an Honore Derazey cello previously owned by Pablo Casals and is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two. 
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Fred Sherry, Cello
Fred Sherry has introduced audiences on five continents and all fifty United States to the music of our time for over five decades. He was a founding member of TASHI and Speculum Musicae, Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and has been a member of the Group for Contemporary Music, Berio's Juilliard Ensemble and the Galimir String Quartet. He has also enjoyed a close collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Chick Corea. Elliott Carter, Mario Davidovsky, Steve Mackey, David Rakowski, Somei Satoh, Charles Wuorinen and John Zorn have written concertos for Sherry, and he has premiered solo and chamber works dedicated to him by Milton Babbitt, Derek Bermel, Jason Eckardt, Lukas Foss, Oliver Knussen, Peter Lieberson, Donald Martino, and Toru Takemitsu among others. Fred Sherry’s vast discography encompasses a wide range of classic and modern repertoire; he has been soloist and “sideman” on hundreds of commercial and esoteric recordings. Mr. Sherry was the organizer for Robert Craft’s New York recording sessions from 1995-2012. Their longstanding collaboration produced celebrated performances of the Schoenberg Cello Concerto, all four String Quartets, and the String Quartet Concerto as well as major works by Stravinsky and Webern. A member of the cello faculty of The Juilliard School, The Mannes College of Music and The Manhattan School of Music, Fred Sherry is also the Director of the Contemporary Performance Institute at the Composers Conference. Fred Sherry's book 25 Bach Duets from the Cantatas was published by Boosey & Hawkes in 2011. In 2018 C.F. Peters unveiled his treatise on contemporary string playing, A Grand Tour of Cello Technique.
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