The chamber music festival features renowned guest artists Jan Vogler and Paul Neubauer


The UNCSA School of Music presents two public performances by students, faculty, and guest artists featuring works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Fauré, Mendelssohn, and more, March 15 and 19 as part of a week-long chamber music festival of the Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute.

Renowned cellist Jan Vogler, director of the Dresden Music Festival and soloist with the best orchestras in the world, and violist Paul Neubauertwo-time Grammy nominee and former solo violist of the New York Philharmonic, will headline the concert on March 19.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 15 and 19 at UNCSA’s Watson Hall, 1533 S. Main St. Tickets are $20 and $15 for students with valid ID (students from ‘UNCSA enter for free). The concerts will also be streamed live for free as part of the Live from Watson Hall series. Tickets and live registration are available online or by calling 336-721-1945.

Vogler, Neubauer and Margot GarrettUNCSA alumnus and internationally acclaimed collaborating pianist who has worked with many of today’s most acclaimed singers and instrumentalists, will lead masterclasses with students throughout the week.

“Chamber music is an essential part of the education of our student musicians and an intimate and enriching experience for the public,” said Saxton Rose, Dean of the School of Music. “We are thrilled to present this intensive week-long series of masterclasses and concerts featuring our star teachers alongside our talented students. And we’re especially thrilled to have world-renowned musicians Jan Vogler, Paul Neubauer and Margot Garrett join us. It promises to be an unforgettable experience for both students and the public.

UNCSA faculty members Ida Bieler and Dmitri Vorobiev serve as the festival’s artistic directors.

“This festival will showcase works that have stood the test of time,” Vorobiev said. “We hope that experiencing this music will give audiences insight into why so many of us choose careers where we spend our lives with something that will outlive us.”

Bieler added: “The festivals build their own special communities, because sharing the living production of music creates a powerfully unifying experience. This special week of chamber music was created and brought to life through the commitment, vision and inspiration of our supporters, and the unique location of our wonderful Watson Hall at UNCSA.

The concert on March 15 will include three works. The Duo Concertant by Jean-Baptiste Singelée, Op. 55, features faculty members Robert Young, saxophone; Allison Gagnon, piano; and student Chris Forbes, saxophone. Joaquin Turina Trio in B minor for violin, cello and Piano features faculty members Jaren Atherholt, oboe; Saxton Rose, bassoon; and Dmitri Vorobiev, piano. Pytor Ilitch Memory of Florence by Tchaikovsky», Op. 70, features faculty members Kevin Lawrence, violin; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; and Brooks Whitehouse, cello; and students Bella Ward, violin; and Sophie Lyman, cello.

The concert on March 19 will also include three works. Wolfgang Amadeus String Quintet in B flat major by Mozart, K. 174, features Paul Neubauer performing with students Luca Kevorkian, violin; Marta Djorovic, violin; Xue Mei, viola; and Jake Anderson, cello. Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor by Gabriel Fauré, Op. 15, features Jan Vogler playing with Professor Dmitri Vorobiev, cello; and students Roni Shitrit, violin; and Julian Smart, viola. The concert ends with Felix String Octet in E flat major by Mendelssohn, Op. 20, with Jan Vogler and Paul Neubauer alongside professors Ida Bieler, violin; Janet Orenstein, violin; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; and Brooks Whitehouse, cello; and students Raphael Papo and Austin Zhong, violins.

About the guest artists

praised for his “moving and richly colored play” by the New York Times, Jan Vogler’His distinguished career has brought him into contact with renowned conductors and orchestras of international renown around the world, such as the New York Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

John Vogler

His great capacity allowed him to explore the sound boundaries of the cello and to establish an intensive dialogue with contemporary composers and artists. This includes regular world premieres, such as works by John Harbison (with Mira Wang and the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Wolfgang Rihm (Double Concerto with Mira Wang), Jörg Widman (Cello Concerto “Dunkle Saiten”, dedicated to Jan Vogler him -even), Nico Muhly, and more. Vogler collaborated with actor Bill Murray for their joint musical and literary project “Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends – New Worlds”. The innovative program has garnered international attention and has brought together works by Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Bach, Piazzolla, Mancini, Gershwin and Foster for an unexpected and thrilling exploration of the relationship between literature and music. Vogler has collaborated with conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Fabio Luisi, Sir Antonio Pappano, Valery Gergiev, Thomas Hengelbrock, Manfred Honeck and Kent Nagano. Vogler has worked successfully with the Sony Classical label since 2003, producing around 20 recordings. He has been director of the famous Dresden Music Festival since October 2008 and artistic director of the Moritzburg Festival since 2001. Jan Vogler plays the Stradivari cello “ex Castelbarco, Fau” 1707.

violist Paul NeubauerHis exceptional musicianship and effortless playing led The New York Times to call him a “master musician.” Appointed Principal Viola of the New York Philharmonic at age 21, he has performed as a soloist with more than 100 orchestras, including the New York, Los Angeles and Helsinki Philharmonics; National, St. Louis, Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco and Bournemouth symphonies; and the 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. He has been featured on “CBS Sunday Morning” and “A Prairie Home Companion”, as well as in Strad, Strings and People magazines.

Paul Neubauer

Paul Neubauer

Twice nominated for the Grammy Awards, he has recorded on numerous labels including Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Red Seal and Sony Classical. Neubauer is the artistic director of the Mostly Music series in New Jersey and is on the faculties of The Juilliard School and Mannes College.

Former student Margo Garrett enjoyed a long and respected career as an international collaborative pianist. His relationships with many of today’s most acclaimed singers and instrumentalists include long partnerships on stage as well as in the recording studio with sopranos Kathleen Battle, Barbara Bonney, Elizabeth Futral, the late Judith Raskin, Lucy Shelton and Dawn Upshaw. With these and a number of leading instrumentalists and chamber music groups, including violinists Jaime Laredo and Daniel Phillips, cellists Sharon Robinson and the late Stephen Kates, and clarinetist David Shifrin, Garrett created more of 35 works. His recordings can be found on Albany, CRI, Delos, Deutsche Grammophon (1992 Grammy for Best Vocal Recital), Delos, Dorian, Musical Heritage Society, Nonesuch, Orion and Sony Classical.

Margo Garrett

Margo Garrett

A dedicated teacher, Garrett co-directed the newly created Collaborative Piano Department at the New England Conservatory, headed the Collaborative Piano Department at the Juilliard School, was the first holder of the Ethel Alice Hitchcock Professorship in Accompaniment and Vocal Coaching at the University of Minnesota School. of Music and directed the Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellowship Program. She also served as faculty chair of vocal programs for the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Chicago Symphony’s Ravinia Festival.

About Chrysalis

UNCSA’s Chrysalis Chamber Music Institute is a graduate program dedicated to developing exceptional chamber musicians. Through coaching, rehearsals, seminars, performances, tours, guest mentorship and career development, the program aims to develop musicians and full ensembles prepared for successful careers. The chamber music program includes courses in rehearsal techniques, chamber interpersonal relations, professional ethics, reading and analysis of scores, repertoire, performance practice, preparation for festivals and competitions , entrepreneurship, etc. Students are mentored by faculty and guest chamber ensembles and artists, and have the opportunity to have their work recorded by professionals.

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