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American Double

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012-7:30 PM

American Double was founded in 2002 by two Yale graduates with a vision of enriching their performances with works by composers of American heritage. They specialize in the music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer William Bolcom, with whom they coached in preparation for their CD release “The Bolcom Project”. It remains the only recording of his complete works for violin and piano and Bolcom has praised it as “great benchmarks for other performers, but also great performances on their own merits.”Fanfare magazine “strongly recommended” the recording (May/June 2008) and Tempo has described it as “completely assured technically and brilliantly vivid musically.” American Double has performed at Yale University’s New Music New Haven as well as at New York’s Steinway Hall in addition to concerts across the US and in Europe.   

            Although usually a piano and violin duo, American Double is adding a French horn to their Lompoc performance.  The group’s repertoire includes works by Brahms, Beethoven, Ravel, and composers of American heritage.  They provide a pleasurable balance of style and taste for audiences of all ages.

 

 

Ashu

Friday, Jan 11, 2013-7:30 PM

           

            Classical saxophonist Ashu is only 26 years old, but his musical maturity and virtuosity defy conventions.  He has been the concerto soloist with orchestras throughout the world providing listeners with a passionate performance that boasts a decidedly rich and wonderful tone.

 

Acoustic Eidolon

Saturday, Feb 09, 2013-7:30 PM

 

            A husband and wife duo, Acoustic Eidolon pairs the harp-like sounding double-neck guitio, a banjo/guitar combination, with a cello to provide an auditory effect which knows no bounds.  Their brilliant instrumentality covers the musical spectrum from Celtic to Latin to Asian and much more.

 

Acoustic Eidolon, featuring Joe Scott on double neck guitjo and Hannah Alkire on cello are from Colorado and have graced stages throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada.  With nine CDs and a DVD to their credit, these masterful artists continue to captivate audiences throughout the world with their signature “new acoustic” sound and boundless possibilities in blending Celtic, Folk, World & Latin music influences, something that Dirty Linen Magazine praises as “a sumptuous musical feast.”   They are described by the Swallow Hill Music Association as “an evening of brilliant instrumentality,” and Georgia’s Good Life Magazine enthuses, “Acoustic Eidolon offers concert-goers a chance to absorb some of the most powerful and intriguing music on the scene today.”

 

Their original sound is created by the mixing of their diverse musical backgrounds and their unusual instrumentation including the one-of-a-kind double neck guitjo, an instrument of Joe’s own design praised by USA Today as a “beautiful harp-like sounding instrument … like nothing we’ve ever heard before.”  The double-neck guitjo has 14 strings and Joe has developed his own style and technique, playing both necks simultaneously.  Classically-trained cellist Hannah Alkire studied with G. Magyar of the Hungarian String Quartet and is recognized internationally for her stunning tone and emotional, impeccable playing and for taking the cello places it’s never been before.

 

 

 

Prima Trio

Saturday, Mar 02, 2013-7:30 PM

 

Music  

           

The Prima Trio was founded in 2004 while its members were studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, and made its début at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC in 2006.

 

In 2007, the Prima Trio triumphed at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, winning the coveted Grand Prize (out of no fewer than 137 entries from across the country and around the world), as well as the Gold Medal in the Senior Division.  In addition, the Prima Trio was awarded a Midwest Winner's Tour and a European début at Italy's Emilia Romagna Festival, as well as a total of $10,500 in prize money.  The finals round and a grand-prize winner's concert and reception were held in Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

 

In recent seasons the trio returned to Washington, DC with two concerts on the prestigious Dumbarton Oaks series, and performed at the Athenaeum in La Jolla, CA; the Dayton Art Institute; and CityMusic Columbus (celebrating the series’ 25th anniversary).  Highlights of past seasons include débuts in Chicago (on the Music in the Loft series) and Cleveland (for the Cleveland Chamber Music Society), and four concerts at Germany's prestigious Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival.

 

 

 

 

Almost unique among trios, the Prima Trio actually plays four instruments, since Gulia Gurevich switches between violin and viola during the concert!  Their repertoire ranges from beloved chamber music standards to such exotic gems as Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian's soulful Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano to S. I. Glick’s festive “The Klezmer’s Wedding.” The “grand finale” of every concert is “Serenade” by American composer Peter Schickele (aka P.D.Q. Bach)—its uproarious, hoedown-like finale never fails to draw a “laughing ovation”!

 

 

 

“A virtuosic tour de force . . . a whirlwind of joy.” —Palm Beach Daily News