Sophie Shao and Friends; 05/10/2019

Sophie Shao and Friends 
Friday, May 10, 2019 – 7:30 PM
Mahaney Arts Center, Robison Hall

A perennial Middlebury favorite, cellist Sophie Shao has been praised by the World News for her “sensitive, stylistic playing, with great finesse, emotion, and gorgeous tone,” and has amassed an extensive collection of talented musical friends. She returns for her 11th consecutive season with an exciting new ensemble including violinists Zachary DePue and Arnaud Sussman, violist Matthew Lipman, and Nathan Farrington on double bass. Together they will perform selected duets by Mozart, Penderecki, and Meyer; plus rarely heard double-bass quintets including Dvořák’s Op. 77, and Offenbach’s Divertimento über Schweizer Lieder in celebration of Offenbach’s 200th birthday. Pre-concert lecture by Professor of Music Larry Hamberlin, 6:30 PM, Room 221. A Nelson Series event. Reserved seating. Tickets: $28/22/10/6

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


Program

OFFENBACH Divertimento über Schweizer Lieder, Op. 1
Shao and Friends Quintet

MOZART String Duo No. 2 in B-flat major for violin and viola, K. 424
Arnaud Sussmann, Violin: Matthew Lipman, Viola

PENDERECKI Duo Concertante for Violin and Double Bass
Arnaud Sussmann, Violin; Nathan Farrington, Double Bass

MEYER Bell-Meyer Concert Duo No. 3 
Zachary DePue, Violin; Nathan Farrington, Double Bass

Intermission 

DVOŘÁK String Quintet No.2 in G Major, Op.77 (B.49)
Shao and Friends Quintet


Biographies

Sophie Shao and Friends

Zachary DePue, Violin
Arnaud Sussmann, Violin
Matthew Lipman, Viola
Sophie Shao, Cello
Nathan Farrington, Double Bass

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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.
Artist website: indianapolisquartet.uindy.edu/biography/


Arnaud Sussmann, Violin
Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Arnaud Sussmann has distinguished himself with his unique sound, bravura, and profound musicianship. Minnesota's Pioneer Press writes, "Sussmann has an old-school sound reminiscent of what you'll hear on vintage recordings by Jascha Heifetz or Fritz Kreisler, a rare combination of sweet and smooth that can hypnotize a listener." A thrilling young musician capturing the attention of classical critics and audiences around the world, he has appeared on tour in Israel and in concert at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the White Nights Festival in Saint Petersburg, the Dresden Music Festival in Germany, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. Sussmann has been presented in recital in Omaha on the Tuesday Musical Club series, New Orleans by the Friends of Music, Tel Aviv at the Museum of Art, and at the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has also given concerts at the OK Mozart, Moritzburg, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart, Seattle Chamber Music, Bridgehampton, and the Moab Music festivals. Sussmann has performed with many of today's leading artists including Itzhak Perlman, Menahem Pressler, Gary Hoffman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Wu Han, David Finckel, Jan Vogler, and members of the Emerson String Quartet. An alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), he regularly appears with CMS in New York and on tour, including performances at London's Wigmore Hall.
Artist website: arnaudsussmann.com


Matthew Lipman, Viola
American violist Matthew Lipman has been hailed by the New York Times for his "rich tone and elegant phrasing." The recipient of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, he has appeared as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Grand Rapids Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, Ars Viva Symphony, and Montgomery Symphony, with CMS in Alice Tully Hall, and in recital at the WQXR Greene Space in New York City and the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. His debut solo album Ascent will be released by Cedille Records, coinciding with a Lincoln Center recital debut in fall 2018. Lipman's recording of Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with violinist Rachel Barton Pine and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields topped the Billboard charts. He was featured on WFMT Chicago's list of "30 Under 30" of the world's top classical musicians and has been profiled by The Strad and BBC Music magazines. He performs regularly at the Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Ravinia, Bridgehampton, Seattle, Cleveland, and White Nights festivals. A top prizewinner of the Primrose, Tertis, Washington, Johansen, and Stulberg International Viola Competitions, Lipman receivedthis bachelor's and master's degrees from the Juilliard School as a student of Heidi Castleman, and was further mentored by Tabea Zimmermann at the Kronberg Academy. A native of Chicago and an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Lipman is on faculty at Stony Brook University and performs on a fine 1700 Matteo Goffriller viola loaned through the generous efforts of the RBP Foundation.
Artist website: www.matthew-lipman.com/


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. Shao plays on an Honore Derazey cello previously owned by Pablo Casals and is a former member of Chamber Music Society Two.
Artist website: sophieshao.com

Nathan Farrington, Double Bass
Nathan Farrington is a bassist, singer, and composer living in Los Angeles. He regularly appears in the bass sections of many of America's top orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. Farrington was recently named the Principal Bass of the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra under James Conlon and Placido Domingo, and pursues chamber music and solo opportunities avidly. He has appeared at the Marlboro Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, the Olympic Music Festival, ChamberFest Cleveland, and at the Da Camera Society. Wherever he is performing, Farrington makes sure to take along his trusty guitar and pairs singing and playing operatic arias and folk songs alongside his bass playing. In addition to his performance interests, he is deeply interested in Cinema. His LA based audio company, Hazard Audio, connects top classical minds, with the artistic minds in movie and tv production. Farrington's life in each of these fields has helped him engage in new and interesting projects highlighting the natural strengths of each of the two worlds!
Artist website: content.thespco.org/people/nathan-farrington/

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