All of the concerts in the Nisita Concert Series take place in the U. Tobe Recital Hall in the Music Building on the FGCU campus. Thank you for your support of the Bower School of Music, we look forward to seeing you throughout the season.
Since 1995, the Early Music Ensemble of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru has performed actively in the interpretation of European and Latin American renaissance and baroque music, giving emphasis to the music composed and performed in Peru and South America of the 16th through 18th centuries. The musicians all have specialized studies in early music in Europe and the USA with performances in South America and abroad.
This seven-member ensemble includes harpsichord, instrumentalists and a singer.
The concert will include pieces that represent the expression of emotions that provoke love and the conflicts that the lack of it generates. The pieces will be from the European Renaissance and Baroque periods, which, when interpreted by Latin American musicians, summarize the cultural exchange among these two worlds.
The young Mexican bass, Jose Luis Reynoso, recently received first place in both the International Lyrical Singing Competition in Trujillo, Peru and the National Vocal Competition “Carlo Morelli” in Mexico. Reynoso is a rising star in the Mexican operatic scene, and we are pleased to offer his debut performance of arias in the United States.
Paul Votapek, principal clarinetist of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and instructor of clarinet at FGCU, joins Michael Baron, Head of Keyboard Studies, to perform music of Schumann, Debussy, Reinecke, Rachmaninoff, and Gershwin’s ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue. This perennially popular duo is sure to leave a lasting impression.
The audience is invited to a reception following the concert in celebration of the dedication of the Nisita Concert Series.
Barrage 8 is a musical spectacle that will engage every one of your senses! For 2017, every performance will incorporate Barrage's trademark style, energy and musicality into a masterful reimagining of the string octet. Barrage 8 is thrilled to continue their participation in the Bower School of Music Artist in Residence program in 2017-18.
Logan Skelton, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Piano and Director of Doctoral Studies in Piano Performance at the University of Michigan, is a much sought after pianist, teacher and composer whose work has received international critical acclaim. Skelton has concertized and been featured on public radio and television stations across the United States, Europe and Asia. This program will feature music of Hungarian composers, including the Liszt Sonata in B minor, and the Bartok Concerto for Orchestra.
Michael Baron, piano
Charles Stegeman, violin
Grace Bahng Gavin, cello
Formed twenty years ago at the Crested Butte Music Festival in Colorado, these three magnificent soloists combined to form a brilliant and exciting trio. The Colorado Piano Trio will return for a second season, this time with faculty members Kyle Szabo, violin and Matthew Medlock, bass. The program will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E flat major, and Franz Schubert’s Trout Quintet.
Santiago Rodriguez has been called “a phenomenal pianist” (The New York Times) and “among the finest pianists in the world” (The Baltimore Sun). His international career was launched in 1981 when he won the Silver Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has performed internationally with leading orchestras, including the London Symphony, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Yomiuri-Nippon Symphony Orchestra of Japan, the Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Baltimore, and National Symphony Orchestras, and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall in New York. Rodriguez made his Carnegie Hall debut under the baton of Dennis Russell Davis, and in recent seasons has returned for engagements in Finland, Korea and Taiwan. One of today’s foremost interpreters of the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, Santiago Rodriguez has performed all of the composer’s major piano works in concert.
Chair of the Manhattan School of Music Woodwind Department, Linda Chesis is hailed as one of the most exciting and dynamic flutists of her generation. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Jessye Norman, Dawn Upshaw, and James Levine, and has performed with orchestras and in solo recitals throughout the U.S., France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Following a degree from Yale, she studied for two years with Jean-Pierre Rampal at the Paris Conservatory and was appointed principal flute of the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. She has been top prizewinner at the Paris and Barcelona International Competitions, and at the National Flute Association Competition. This program includes masterworks by Poulenc, Reinecke, Faure, and others.
Since 2009 Domo Emigrantes has shared their passion for a new style of Italian folk music, one that not only fuses the folklore of Southern Italy with the Mediterranean, but also explores the history and roots of Italy’s rich musical traditions. The group performs on indigenous Italian instruments including the tamburello (frame drum), the friscalettu (reed flute), and the mandolin. The ensemble was recently awarded Best CD of the Year (2016) in World Music for their second album Kolymbetra by the Indie Acoustic Project. The group will be performing the traditional music of Southern Italy, focusing primarily on the music of Puglia and Sicily. The performance will include work songs, ritual songs, songs of love and courtship, and several works featuring the rhythmically-charged folk dance, the pizzica.
Distinguished Professor of Music, Dr. Michael Baron enjoys a worldwide career. For this concert, he teams up with former student and brilliant pianist Priscila Navarro, the winner of several international competitions, to present the three major two-piano compositions of Sergei Rachmaninoff for two pianos in one evening. These two virtuoso pianists perform this complex music full of passion and fire with precision and temperament. This is a concert not to be missed.
The brilliant tenor, Alex Richardson made his Metropolitan Opera and HD broadcast debut during the 2016-17 season under Simon Rattle and has been reengaged for the current season. Performing from New York’s Carnegie Hall to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and abroad, Richardson is a fast-rising tenor with a brilliant career ahead of him. He will be accompanied on the arias and art songs by Michael Baron.
Described by The SCENE magazine as a “musical force to be reckoned with,” Cameron Crozman is quickly being hailed as one of Canada’s leading young cellists. Playing on the ca. 1696 “Bonjour” Stradivarius cello and the ca. 1830 “Shaw” Adam cello bow generously on loan from the Canada Council for the Arts Instrument Bank, he has been praised for his versatility, musical expressivity, and remarkable technique. He received his Master’s Degree from the Paris Conservatoire. The program will include a variety of string and piano masterpieces.
Walter Piston Divertimento for Nine Instruments; Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations, arr. by Sitkovetsky
Maurice Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello, Claude-Paul Taffanel Wind Quintet in G minor, Claude Debussy String Quartet in G minor
Mason Bates Bagatelles for String Quartet and Electronica, Franz Schubert Trout Quintet