Courtroom Concert Program Details
February 25, 2016, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Laura Sewell, cello • Chris Kachian, guitar • Ora Itkin, piano
Sonata in A minor, D. 821, Arpeggione (trans. for guitar and piano)—Franz Schubert
Sonata for Guitar and Cello—Radamés Gnattali
Intermezzo in A Major, Opus 118, No. 2 —Johannes Brahms
Song of the Black Swan, for cello and Piano—Heitor Villa-Lobos
Piéce en forme de Habanera, for Cello and Piano—Maurice Ravel
Oblivion, for Cello and Piano—Astor Piazzolla (arr. Patricio Villarejo)
Laura Sewell is a member of the Artaria String Quartet and was the founding cellist of the award-winning Lark Quartet. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Juilliard School and her Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has appeared in solo recitals in New York and throughout the Midwest including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. She has premiered solo works by Paul Schoenfield, Stephen Paulus and Steve Heitzeg, and chamber works by Libby Larsen, Peter Schickele, Jon Deak and Stanislaw Skrowacewski. She has performed on American Public Media’s Saint Paul Sunday and on A Prairie Home Companion and plays as a substitute cellist with both the Minnesota and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras. She has been a guest with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the Bakken Trio and the Musical Offering. She is on the faculties of Augsburg College, the MacPhail Center for Music, Madeline Island Music Camp, Stringwood, and Artaria Chamber Music School.
Chris Kachian has performed throughout Europe, the Americas, South and Central America and the Far East, as recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist. His American performances have included a significant number of works written in the last twenty-five years, many of them commissions. He has been heard on Minnesota Public Radio, National Public Radio and American Public Media (including several appearances on A Prairie Home Companion). Since 1984, Dr. Kachian has directed one of the largest guitar programs in the USA at the University of St Thomas where he is professor of music. He has lectured in music of Europe, the Americas, the Twentieth-Century, the World, the United States, Film, Protest, Mathematics, and Guitar Pedagogy and Guitar Literature.
Ora Itkin was born in Moscow where she started her piano lessons at age four with her father, an accomplished jazz musician. After graduating from Moscow Academy of Music, she emigrated to Israel where she graduated from Tel-Aviv University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music. She was awarded a grant from the American Israeli Cultural Foundation Karen Sharet. Ms. Itkin is a member of the piano faculty at MacPhail Center for Music, the University of St. Thomas and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, and maintains a private piano studio. Recently she was a guest performer and clinician at the Second Caribbean Festival of Humanities, and Latin American Composers Forum.
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.
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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).
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