Events - Past

Wood Memorial Library
South Windsor, Connecticut
Sunday, 22 October 2017 - 2:00 PM
Presenter: South Windsor Cultural Arts Series
Kodály: Sonatina for Cello and Piano
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Kodály: Sonata for Solo Cello, Op. 8
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Silent Woods for Cello and Piano, op. 60/V
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Vassar College: Skinner Hall
Poughkeepsie, New York
Sunday, 1 October 2017 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Vassar College
Kodály: Sonatina for Cello and Piano
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Kodály: Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 1 in F major, Op. 5 no 1
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Silent Woods for Cello and Piano, op. 60/V
Artists: Ieva Jokubaviciute (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Vassar College: Chapel
Poughkeepsie, New York
Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 1:00 PM
Presenter: Vassar College
Barnum: I cannot hold thee close enough
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensembles: Vassar College Choir; Vassar College Women's Chorus
Conductor: Christine Howlett
Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture
Riverdale, Bronx, New York
Sunday, 17 September 2017 - 5:00 PM
Presenter: Five Boroughs Music Festival
Program TBA
Artists: Marnie Breckenridge (Soprano); Amanda Crider (Mezzo Soprano); Michael Slattery (Tenor); Sidney Outlaw (Baritone); Thomas Bagwell (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Winchester Gardens
Maplewood, New Jersey
Saturday, 19 August 2017 - 7:45 PM
Presenter: Winchester Gardens
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1
Artists: Adrienne Kim (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Rachmaninov: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 19
Artists: Adrienne Kim (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Burr and Burton Academy
Manchester, Vermont
Sunday, 16 July 2017 - 4:00 PM
Presenter: Taconic Music
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Taconic Chamber Music Intensive Ensemble
Dvorak: Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, Opus 97
Artists: Heather Braun (Violin); Joana Genova (Violin); Amadi Azikiwe (Viola); Ariel Rudiakov (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Mendelssohn: Sextet for Piano and Strings in D major, Op. 110
Artists: Keiko Sekino (Piano); Joana Genova (Violin); Amadi Azikiwe (Viola); Ariel Rudiakov (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Steven Moran (Double Bass)
Kutztown University
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Monday, 3 July 2017 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Kutztown Chamber Music Festival
Dohnányi: Serenade for String Trio in C major, Op. 10
Artists: Kurt Nikkanen (Violin); Danielle Farina (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Schubert: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B flat major, D 898/Op. 99
Artists: Maria Asteriadou (Piano); Kurt Nikkanen (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Kutztown University
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Sunday, 2 July 2017 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Kutztown Chamber Music Festival
Schumann: Quintet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 44
Artists: Maria Asteriadou (Piano); Peter Isaacson (Violin); Kurt Nikkanen (Violin); Danielle Farina (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Vassar College: Skinner Hall
Poughkeepsie, New York
Saturday, 1 July 2017 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Vassar College
Couperin: Pièces en concert
Artists: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Trio for Piano and Strings no 4 in E minor, Op. 90/B 166 "Dumky"
Artists: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Stephanie Chase (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Shalin Liu Performance Center
Rockport, Massachusetts
Saturday, 24 June 2017 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Rockport Chamber Music Festival
Mozart: Trio for Piano and Strings in B flat major, K 502
Artists: Stephanie Chase (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello); David Alpher
Schumann: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in D minor, Op. 63
Artists: Stephanie Chase (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello); David Alpher
The Hillsdale Grange
North Hillsdale, New York
Sunday, 18 June 2017 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Leaf Peeper
Mozart: Quartet for Flute and Strings no 2 in G major, K 285a
Artists: Eugenia Zukerman (Flute); Sheryl Staples (Violin); Cynthia Phelps (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Beethoven: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1 no 1
Artists: Sheryl Staples (Violin); Cynthia Phelps (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
House Concert
New York, New York
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: St Urban
Brahms: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
Artists: Lenore Davis (Piano); Mark Steinberg (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Broadway Presbyterian Church
New York, New York
Sunday, 7 May 2017 - 2:00 PM
Presenter: Broadway Bach Ensemble
Elgar: Concerto for Cello in E minor, Op. 85
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Broadway Bach Ensemble
Conductor: Teresa Cheung
Bargemusic
New York, New York
Sunday, 30 April 2017 - 4:00 PM
Presenter: Bargemusic
Shostakovich: Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Artists: Marija Stroke (Piano); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Apollo Trio
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87
Artists: Marija Stroke (Piano); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Apollo Trio
Columbia University: Casa Italiana
New York City, New York
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: ASPECT Foundation for Music and Arts
Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102
Artists: Todd Crow (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Schumann: Trio for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 17
Artists: Todd Crow (Piano); Stephanie Chase (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Century Club
New York, New York
Tuesday, 4 April 2017 - 5:00 PM
Presenter: Century Club
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, L 135
Artists: Richard Wilson (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Grieg: Intermezzo for Cello and Piano in A minor, EG 115
Artists: Richard Wilson (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Bach: Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
University of Houston
Houston, Texas
Saturday, 1 April 2017 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Hereford Arts
Theodorakis: Concert-Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra
Artists: Madeline Slettedahl (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Caravassilis: Teasdale Cycle
Artists: Jennifer Klauder (Soprano); Madeline Slettedahl (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
St. John United Methodist Church
Augusta, Georgia
Sunday, 19 March 2017 - 3:00 PM
Presenter: Concerts with a Cause
Schumann: Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102
Artists: Milana Strezeva (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in G major, Op. 78 "Regen"
Artists: Milana Strezeva (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Bach: Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Randolph High School
Randolph, New Jersey
Monday, 27 February 2017 - 7:00 PM
Presenter: Randolph High School
Bruch: Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
WCR Center for the Arts
Reading, Pennsylvania
Friday, 10 February 2017 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Friends of Chamber Music of Reading
Haydn: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello in F sharp minor, H 15 no 26
Artists: Marija Stroke (Piano); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Apollo Trio
Shostakovich: Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Artists: Marija Stroke (Piano); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Apollo Trio
Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C Major, Op. 87
Artists: Marija Stroke (Piano); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Apollo Trio
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AN IMPRESSIVE SUNLIT DUO AT VASSAR Music review The Millbrook Independent by Kevin T. McEneaney Sun Oct 1st, 2017 On a gorgeous afternoon of clear blue autumn skies, Vassar College’s cellist Sophie Shao teamed up with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute from Lithuania for afternoon at Skinner Hall. They began with Zoltán Kodály’s Sonatina for cello and piano. A railroad station master’s son, Kodály (1882-1967)so loved music that he taught himself the cello in order to write music. He revisited this unfinished 1910 Sonatina intending to complete the second movement in 1922, but after revising the first movement and completing the second, he decided the revised work had little to do with the original work, and so he let the first movement stand by itself; it is generally thought that this resourceful composition remains thoroughly Hungarian in its pentatonic contours and inspiration, yet there is subliminal presence of Claude Debussy’s coloration shading Hungarian folk tunes. Both performers caught the immediacy that sunlit aura of color in this portrait of Hungarian hills, valleys, and streams. Sonata for solo cello, Op. 8 (1915) is perhaps Kodály’s most famous repertoire piece; he predicted that "in 25 years no cellist will be accepted who has not played it”; its fame was slow to catch on: first played by János Starker in 1939 when Starker was 15, it was not played in the United Sates until 1947, but by 1956 the sonata was a set piece for the Casals Competition in Mexico City. Sophie Shao plays on an Honore Derazy cello, the very one that Pablo Casals had once played. The Sonata wavers between B and B-flat to extend the tonal range of the cello with the lower strings tuned down one semitone. In three movements the cello rides the mountains, hills, and plains of Hungary with nationalist zeal, as in the third movement the Hungarian cavalry rides to the rescue, commemorating the 1456 victory over the invading Ottomans, which is still celebrated to this day on July 22. At that time Pope Callixtus III ordered the bells of every European church to be rung every day at noon as a call for believers to pray for the defenders of the Belgrade; and to this day that is why bells are rung at noon (and in secular imitation fire departments ring their sirens at noon, although they may not know why). Full of fireworks, the range of sounds from low to high and the leaps between high and low notes are breathtaking, evoking sounds that display Kodály’s gifted imagination. Shao had no difficulty conquering this mountain with ease and grace in one of the most technically demanding compositions in the cello repertory (it contains much tour-de-force pizzicato). And she invested it all with deep emotion. After brief intermission, Jokubaviciute joined Shao for Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5. Beethoven was the first to develop a cello line in his earlier trios and this was the first sonata ever written for the cello as an equal partner in conversation with the piano. Glissando runs of playful feminine joy alternate with the more sober cello in ravishing flirtation. Jokubaviciute ably captured that rapturous, slightly mischievous cheerfulness of happy teen life as Shao recorded the more careful wooing of a possible mate. A standard of every cellist, Antonín Dvorák’s Rondo in G minor, Op. 68, No. 5 was composed on Christmas Day in 1891, just before Dvorák departed to the United States; it was performed at his farewell concert tour before his departure in 1892. This good-humored festive composition, which wavers between despondency and optimism, eventually conjures such sheer cheer that one cannot resist a smile when it is played with the synchronous buoyancy that Shao and Jokubaviciute conjured. They concluded with Dvorák’s Silent Woods in D-flat Major, Op. 68, No. 5 which describes a Thoreau-like transcendent walk in the woods with delicious melody, vivid syncopations, and a gently plodding bass line from the cello which conjure footfall steps in the Czech woods. While Dvorák, a viola player, wrote few works for the cello, those works he did write project remarkable contentment, amusement, and delight—here captured by two players whose instruments were linked in glee.

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