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Lyra Music Festival

Sunday, Jul 21, 2019 at 10:30am

Smith College - Sage Hall
144 Green Street
Northampton, MA 01063

Schedule:

10:30am - 12:30pm: Cello Masterclass with Astrid Schween at Smith College Sage Hall

Lyra Music Festival presents a Cello Masterclass with Guest Artist Astrid Schween.  Masterclass performers are advanced students with the Lyra Music Workshop.

10:00am Cello Masterclass
4:00pm Recital

New York born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. In 2016, she joined the Juilliard String Quartet, succeeding her esteemed colleague Joel Krosnick, and became a member of the Juilliard Cello Faculty. In addition to her work with the JSQ, Ms. Schween remains active as a soloist, appearing this season in Boston, Oakland, Memphis, the International Cello Institute, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and with the Boulder Philharmonic, performing the Elgar concerto.

She made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and received her degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Dr. H.T. Ma, Bernard Greenhouse and Jacqueline Du Pre, with whom she studied in London. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth Master Classes, and was on faculty at UMass Amherst, Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College and Interlochen.

A former member of the Boston Trio and Lark Quartet, Ms. Schween performed at major venues around the world and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award with the Lark. During her tenure, the quartet produced critically acclaimed recordings for the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels, and commissioned numerous works.

Cost: $10
Festival Pass $100

4:00pm - 5:45pm: Cello Guest Artist Astrid Schween in Recital with Pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion at Smith College, Sage Hall

Internationally recognized solo artist, chamber musician and music educator, Astrid Schween, cellist of the Juilliard String Quartet, has been featured in Strings and Strad magazines, on “Living the Classical Life”, NPR, The Violin Channel, Cello Bello and as a guest speaker at the Library of Congress. Ms. Schween will perform in recital with pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion at the 2019 Lyra Music Festival.

Program:

Debussy: Sonate for Cello and Piano
Cassadó: Suite for Violoncello Solo
Popper: Hungarian Rhapsody
Schumann: Fantasy Pieces
Intermission
Franck: Sonata for Cello and Piano

10:00am Cello Masterclass
4:00pm Recital with Pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion

New York born cellist Astrid Schween is an internationally recognized soloist, chamber artist, and teacher. In 2016, she joined the Juilliard String Quartet, succeeding her esteemed colleague Joel Krosnick, and became a member of the Juilliard Cello Faculty. In addition to her work with the JSQ, Ms. Schween remains active as a soloist, appearing this season in Boston, Oakland, Memphis, the International Cello Institute, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, and with the Boulder Philharmonic, performing the Elgar concerto.

She made her debut as soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Zubin Mehta and received her degrees from the Juilliard School. Her teachers included Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Dr. H.T. Ma, Bernard Greenhouse and Jacqueline Du Pre, with whom she studied in London. She participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and William Pleeth Master Classes, and was on faculty at UMass Amherst, Hartt School of Music, Mount Holyoke College and Interlochen.

A former member of the Boston Trio and Lark Quartet, Ms. Schween performed at major venues around the world and received many honors including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award with the Lark. During her tenure, the quartet produced critically acclaimed recordings for the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, New World, CRI and Point labels, and commissioned numerous works.

Victor Santiago Asuncion, Pianist

4:00pm Recital with Cellist Astrid Schween

Filipino-American pianist Victor Santiago Asuncion has appeared in concert halls in Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines, Spain, Turkey and the USA, as a recitalist and concerto soloist.  He played his orchestral debut at the age of 18 with the Manila Chamber Orchestra, and his New York recital debut in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in 1999. In addition, he has worked with conductors including Sergio Esmilla, Enrique Batiz, Mei Ann Chen, Zeev Dorman, Arthur Weisberg, Corrick Brown, David Loebel, Leon Fleisher, Michael Stern, Jordan Tang, and Bobby McFerrin.

A chamber music enthusiast, he has performed with artists such as Lynn Harrell, Zuill Bailey, Andres Diaz, James Dunham, Antonio Meneses, Joshua Roman, Cho-Liang Lin, Giora Schmidt, the Dover, Emerson, Serafin, Sao Paulo, and Vega String Quartets. He was on the chamber music faculty of the Aspen Music Festival, and the Garth Newel Summer Music Festival.  He was also the pianist for the Garth Newel Piano Quartet for three seasons. Festival appearances include the Amelia Island, Highland-Cashiers, Music in the Vineyards, and Santa Fe.

Cost: $20
Festival Pass $100

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