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MSFO instrumentalists to perform string quartets, woodwind, brass, percussion ensembles in phase two of chamber music recitals

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On Tuesday, July 31, instrumental students in the Music School Festival Orchestra begin recitals of Phase Two, the intense phase of the chamber music program.

In Phase One, many MSFO students played quintets, collaborating with piano students. Some of the MSFO members performed with vocalists in the vocal chamber music recital.

According to Arie Lipsky, chamber music chair, the instrumentalists were very busy, rehearsing for both chamber music and MSFO concerts in Phase One. Therefore, most chamber groups performed a movement or two of their repertoires.

In Phase Two, all other MSFO activities and rehearsals will stop for about 10 days, Lipsky said, to allow students to concentrate on their performances.

“We do a very concentrated, intense chamber music camp, in which the expected coaching is to be on a daily basis, and in Phase Two, for instance for the strings, we explore the repertoire of the string quartets,” he said.

Lipsky said there would be about 10 strings quartets, with woodwind quintet, brass ensembles and percussion ensembles.

“Everybody will concentrate on their own family,” Lipsky said. “And they love it because they are practicing every day and the expectation is, in some cases, they perform the entire piece.”

At 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, in McKnight Hall, violinists Chihiro Kakishima and Karin Theobald, violist Aditi Prakash and cellist Hayeong Jo will perform American Quartet No. 12, op. 96, by Antonín Dvořák.

Violinists Robert Sanders and Rebecca Moy, violist Chieh-I “Candy” Yang and cellist Emily Camras will perform String Quartet No. 2, op. 44, by Felix Mendelssohn.

Violinists Jesus Alejandro Linarez Delfines and Gabriela Lara will perform Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins.

Yang, violinist Anna Berntson, bass player Dylan Stroud, oboist Wyatt Beekman and clarinetist Dylan James will perform Quintet in G Minor, op. 39, by Sergei Prokofiev.

Schubert’s String Quartet in A Minor will be performed by violinists Justin Li and Ashley Whittle, violist Erin Tang and cellist EunSeo Kim.

There will also be a performance from a brass ensemble comprised of trumpeters Luke Hamilton, Garrett Lindholm, Luke Schwalbach and Kevin Karabell; trombonists Stephen Whimple and Zongxi Li; horn players Henry Bond and Lauren Robinson; tuba player Jacob Moore; and bass trombonist Derek Mitchell, with repertoire to be announced.

Tags : Aditi PrakashAmerican QuartetChihiro KakishimaHayeong JoKarin TheobaldMcKnight HallMusic School Festival OrchestraPhase Two
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The author Flora Junhua Deng

Flora Junhua Deng is covering the School of Music for The Chautauquan Daily this summer. She is a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is studying journalism and music. A native of China, Flora is not a huge fan of coffee but likes tea. She is a cat person but also loves dogs.

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