Courtroom Concert Program Details
January 19, 2017, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Huit Chansons Françaises—Francis Poulenc
I. Margoton va t’a l’iau
II. La belle se siet au pied de la tour
III. Pilons l’orge
IV. Clic, clac, dansez sabots
V. C’est la petit’ fill’ du prince
VI. La belle si nous étions
VII. Ah! mon beau laboureur
VIII. Les tisserands
Nancy Oliveros, violin • Mary Ellen Haupert, piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano—Claude Debussy
Intermède: Fantasque et léger
Finale: Très animé
Five Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 81 (selections)—Jean Sibelius
Aliro Voices is a Twin Cities-based chamber. The choir focuses on new or under-performed music from all eras, and often finds new or unusual performance spaces. With passion for music as our igniting force, Aliro Voices seeks to challenge the boundaries of musical experience through innovative programs that engage and inspire audiences and performers alike. Sopranos: Sunita Chepuri Maisie Richardson Rachel Farhi Catherine Ratelle Altos: Madeline Giordana Kristi Moua Rebecca Tobin Tenors: Ian A. Cook Michael Jeffrey Michael Maiorana Bryan Wells Basses: Michael Betz Kurt Hattenberger Tyler Klinkner
Nancy Oliveros is the founding second violinist of the celebrated Artaria String Quartet, with whom she concertizes, records, and teaches the art of chamber music. Artaria, winner in 2004 of a coveted McKnight Foundation Artist Award, is the recipient of numerous grant awards by the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Midori in support of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation in individual and community education. In Minnesota, Artaria is known as its “foremost teaching and performing string quartet”, serves as Minnesota Public Radio’s Artists-In-Residence, and has been featured on Twin Cities Public Television as a “Minnesota Original”.
As a member of Artaria, Oliveros has performed to critical acclaim at many renowned halls and concert series in the United States and abroad including the Schubert Club in Saint Paul, Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Dame Myra Hess in Chicago, Alexander Schneider Concerts in New York City, Festival L’Epau in France, and the Banff Center in Canada. She has had the privilege of collaborating with such eminent quartet players as Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri), Raphael Hillyer (Juilliard), and Paul Katz (Cleveland), and was mentored by the beloved Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet, Walter Levine of the La Salle, and Alexander Schneider of the Budapest Quartet. She records for Centaur records with the Artaria String Quartet and with her long time piano collaborator, Mary Ellen Haupert.
Oliveros earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in violin performance at the Florida State University serving as a teaching assistant and student of Karen Clarke, Ruth Posselt, and Gerardo Ribeiro. At Boston University, she was an assistant to legendary violinist Roman Totenberg and served as concertmaster of the orchestras while on a post-graduate fellowship. Her students are national prizewinners, perform on National Public Radio’s celebrated “From the Top”, and enjoy careers as professional chamber musicians in notable ensembles. Oliveros gratefully owns and plays on a beautiful Neapolitan violin by Tomaso Eberle, made in 1781. She is married to Artaria’s founding first violinist, Ray Shows, with whom she has two wonderful sons.
Mary Ellen Haupert spreads her musical abilities between her roles as Music Director for Roncalli Newman Parish and as a tenured Professor of Music at Viterbo University, both in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She holds a bachelors degree in music education with emphases in piano/flute performance from the College of St. Scholastica, as well as M.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Piano Performance Practice from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She has studied piano with LeAnn House, Seth Carlin, and Sona Haydon.
Her performing interests are almost exclusively in the realm of chamber music and she enjoys an ongoing relationship with violinist Nancy Oliveros and the Artaria string Quartet. Their frequent duo and piano quintet collaborations have become a staple of Viterbo University’s ONE-of-a KIND CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES (for which Haupert is both founder and artistic director), as well as performances at Hamline University’s Artaria Chamber Music Series at Sundin Hall, the Schubert Club’s Courtroom Concert Series, and Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Chazen.
She has recorded Louise Farrenc’s Sonata for Piano and Cello in B-flat Major, Op. 46 (comp. 1857-1858) and the Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 39 (comp. 1850-1855) with violinist Nancy Oliveros and cellist Kirsten Whitson in July, 2012, and Farrenc’s two piano trios, Opus 33 and 34 with Nancy Oliveros and cellist Laura Sewell, 2014, both on the Centaur Label. Haupert has received both of Viterbo University’s most prestigious teaching awards–the Alec Chui Memorial Award (2012) and Teacher of the Year (2014)–recognizing her dedication to excellence in student research and music composition. Her theory pedagogy, emphasizing music composition as an integral part of the curriculum, has been presented/published at the University of Wisconsin MACRO Workshop (Madison, WI, June, 2012), The 4th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia (Novi Sad, 2012) Second Annual International Conference on Fine and Performing Arts (Athens, Greece, 2010), the International Conference on Education and New Technologies (Barcelona, Spain, 2009 and 2012), the Lilly-West Conference on Teaching and Learning (Pomona, CA), and at the Finch Center for Teaching and Learning (Maryville University, St. Louis, MO).
She happily shares a home in La Crosse with her husband, Mike, and their four one-of-a-kind children.
October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.
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