Events - Past

Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
Portland, Oregon
Monday, 8 July 2019 - 8:00 PM
Renowned soloists Yura Lee, Soovin Kim, Daniel Schlosberg, Allan Vogel, Ransom Wilson, Tara Helen O’Connor, and David Shifrin perform concertos by Bach and Brahms to set the stage for the world premiere of a new Chamber Music Northwest -commissioned concerto by Portland’s own David Schiff.
Presenter: Chamber Muisc Northwest
Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060R
Artists: Allan Vogel (Oboe); Soovin Kim (Violin); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass)
Ensemble: Calidore String Quartet
Schiff: Chamber Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet and Ensemble
Artists: Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute); Allan Vogel (Oboe); David Shifrin (Clarinet); Julie Feves (Bassoon); William Purvis (French Horn); Katie Hyun (Violin); Soovin Kim (Violin); Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass); Jonathan Greeney (Percussion)
Brahms: Adagio from Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat for Chamber Players
Artists: Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute); Allan Vogel (Oboe); David Shifrin (Clarinet); Julie Feves (Bassoon); William Purvis (French Horn); Daniel Schlosberg (Piano); Katie Hyun (Violin); Soovin Kim (Violin); Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass)
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Artists: Amelia Lukas (Flute); Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute); Daniel Schlosberg (Piano); Jacob Ashworth (Violin); Katie Hyun (Violin); Soovin Kim (Violin); Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass)
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
Portland, Oregon
Saturday, 6 July 2019 - 8:00 PM
Renowned soloists Yura Lee, Soovin Kim, Daniel Schlosberg, Allan Vogel, Ransom Wilson, Tara Helen O’Connor, and David Shifrin perform concertos by Bach and Brahms to set the stage for the world premiere of a new Chamber Music Northwest -commissioned concerto by Portland’s own David Schiff.
Presenter: Chamber Muisc Northwest
Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060R
Artists: Allan Vogel (Oboe); Soovin Kim (Violin); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass)
Ensemble: Calidore String Quartet
Schiff: Chamber Concerto No. 1 for Clarinet and Ensemble
Artists: Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute); Allan Vogel (Oboe); David Shifrin (Clarinet); Julie Feves (Bassoon); William Purvis (French Horn); Katie Hyun (Violin); Soovin Kim (Violin); Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass); Jonathan Greeney (Percussion)
Brahms: Adagio from Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat for Chamber Players
Artists: Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute); Allan Vogel (Oboe); David Shifrin (Clarinet); Julie Feves (Bassoon); William Purvis (French Horn); Daniel Schlosberg (Piano); Katie Hyun (Violin); Soovin Kim (Violin); Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass)
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Artists: Amelia Lukas (Flute); Tara Helen O'Connor (Flute); Daniel Schlosberg (Piano); Jacob Ashworth (Violin); Katie Hyun (Violin); Soovin Kim (Violin); Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass)
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
Portland, Oregon
Thursday, 4 July 2019 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Chamber Muisc Northwest
Copland: Sonata for Violin or Clarinet and Piano
Artists: Gloria Chien (Piano); Soovin Kim (Violin)
Shaw: Three Essays
Ensemble: Calidore String Quartet
Copland: Appalachian Spring: Suite
Artists: Ransom Wilson (Flute); David Shifrin (Clarinet); Julie Feves (Bassoon); Gloria Chien (Piano); Benjamin Hoffman (Violin); Soovin Kim (Violin); Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Tyler Abbott (Double Bass)
Ensemble: Calidore String Quartet
Lincoln Performance Hall
Portland, Oregon
Tuesday, 2 July 2019 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Chamber Muisc Northwest
Bartók: Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano, Sz 111
Artists: David Shifrin (Clarinet); Gloria Chien (Piano); Soovin Kim (Violin)
Shostakovich: Trio for Piano and Strings no 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Artists: Gloria Chien (Piano); Soovin Kim (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Tchaikovsky: Sextet for Strings in D minor, Op. 70 "Souvenir de Florence"
Artists: Yura Lee (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ensemble: Rolston String Quartet
Von der Mehden
Storrs, Connecticut
Tuesday, 5 February 2019 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: University of Connecticut
Brahms: Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in A minor, Op. 114
Artists: Sergei Vassiliev (Clarinet); Angelina Gadeliya (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Ukrainian Institute of America
New York, New York
Sunday, 3 February 2019 - 4:00 PM
Presenter: Ukrainian Institute of America
Schubert: Quintet for Strings in C major, D. 956, Op. 163
Artists: Solomiya Ivakhiv (Violin); Juliette Kang (Violin); Daniel Panner (Viola); Thomas Kraines (Cello); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Vassar College: Skinner Hall
Poughkeepsie, New York
Saturday, 2 February 2019 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Vassar College
Tan Dun: Intercourse of Fire and Water
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Temple Emanu-el
Westfield, New Jersey
Sunday, 21 October 2018 - 3:30 PM
Presenter: Mostly Music New Jersey
Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane
Artists: Sivan Magen (Harp); Carmit Zori (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Caplet: Conte fantastique after Edgar Allan Poe's "Masque of the Red Death"
Artists: Sivan Magen (Harp); Carmit Zori (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dohnányi: Quartet for Strings no 2 in D flat major, Op. 15
Artists: Carmit Zori (Violin); Paul Neubauer (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Mannes College: Stiefel Concert Hall
New York, New York
Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Mannes College The New School for Music
Cuckson: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Artists: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Winchester Gardens
Maplewood, New Jersey
Saturday, 1 September 2018 - 7:45 PM
Presenter: Winchester Gardens
Bach: Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Kodály: Sonata for Cello solo, Op. 8
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Kaul Auditorium, Reed College
Portland, Oregon
Monday, 23 July 2018 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Chamber Music Northwest
Tan Dun: Ghost Opera
Artists: Theodore Arm (Violin); Cho-Liang Lin (Violin); Jessica Thompson (Viola); Sophie Shao (Cello); Wu Man (Pipa)
Lincoln Hall, PSU
Portland, Oregon
Sunday, 22 July 2018 - 4:00 PM
Presenter: Chamber Music Northwest
Sheng: Silver River
Artists: Ransom Wilson (Flute); Romie de Guise-Langlois (Clarinet); Pius Cheung (Marimba); Theodore Arm (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello); Wu Man (Pipa)
Ensemble: Silver River Cast
Conductor: Bright Sheng
Lincoln Hall, PSU
Portland, Oregon
Saturday, 21 July 2018 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Chamber Music Northwest
Sheng: Silver River
Artists: Ransom Wilson (Flute); Romie de Guise-Langlois (Clarinet); Pius Cheung (Marimba); Theodore Arm (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello); Wu Man (Pipa)
Ensemble: Silver River Cast
Conductor: Bright Sheng
Lan Su Chinese Garden
Portland, Oregon
Thursday, 19 July 2018 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Chamber Music Northwest
Chen Yi: Ning for Pipa
Artists: Cho-Liang Lin (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello); Wu Man (Pipa)
Burr and Burton Academy
Manchester, Vermont
Saturday, 14 July 2018 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Taconic Music
Debussy: Quartet for Strings in G minor, Op. 10
Artists: Zach DePue (Violin); Joana Genova (Violin); Michael Strauss (Viola); Austin Huntington (Cello)
Brahms: Sextet for Strings no 1 in B flat major, Op. 18
Artists: Zach DePue (Violin); Joana Genova (Violin); Ariel Rudiakov (Viola); Michael Strauss (Viola); Austin Huntington (Cello); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Colorado State University Center for the Arts
Fort Collins, Colorado
Friday, 29 June 2018 - 7:00 PM
Presenter: Off the Hook Arts
Adolphe: I saw how fragile and infinitely precious the world is
Artists: Kady Evanyshyn (Mezzo Soprano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Museum of Discovery
Fort Collins, Colorado
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Off the Hook Arts
Mozart: Trio for Piano and Strings in B flat major, K 502
Artists: Marija Stroke (Piano); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Brahms: Trio for Piano and Strings no 1 in B major, Op. 8
Artists: Marija Stroke (Piano); Curtis Macomber (Violin); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Colorado State University Center for the Arts
Fort Collins, Colorado
Monday, 25 June 2018 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Off the Hook Arts
Bach: Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Trinity by the Cove
Naples, Florida
Thursday, 21 June 2018 - 7:30 PM
Presenter: Grand Piano Series
Bach: Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Chopin: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, B 160/Op. 65
Artists: Milana Strezeva (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Silent Woods for Cello and Piano, op. 60/V
Artists: Milana Strezeva (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94
Artists: Milana Strezeva (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, New York
Saturday, 16 June 2018 - 8:00 PM
Presenter: Vassar College
Cuckson: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Artists: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano no 4 in C major, Op. 102 no 1
Artists: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Bach: Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011
Artist: Sophie Shao (Cello)
Chopin: Scherzo for Piano no 4 in E major, B 148/Op. 54
Artist: Thomas Sauer (Piano)
Dvorak: Silent Woods for Cello and Piano, op. 60/V
Artists: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
Dvorak: Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 94
Artists: Thomas Sauer (Piano); Sophie Shao (Cello)
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THE PERILS OF ROMANCE Music review by Kevin T. McEneaney Sun Jun 17th, 2018 An unusual faculty recital was held at Vassar College’s Skinner Hall this past Saturday. While not well-publicized this concert was of enormous interest for those who love music. Cellist Sophie Shao and pianist Thomas Sauer offered both an unusual program as well superb musicianship. They opened with the ever-popular Rondo, Op. 94 by Dvorák, famously composed on Christmas Day by Antonín Dvorák who wanted a worthy showpiece for his esteemed cellist playing in the quartet they were touring in. This piece often appears in cello competitions because it demands a blend of rigorous technique and soulful emotion—qualities that shone in Shao’s resonant, buoyant sound. Shao performs on the cello that Pablo Casals once played. Dvorák’s Silent Woods, Op. 68, evoked an atmosphere of meditative contemplation. The stage was set for the World Première of Robert Cuckson’s 2016 Sonata for Cello and Piano. Cuckson (who was present in the audience), born in the U.S., was raised in Australia and educated in England. His sonata was in three movements: it began with the slow development of infatuation between piano and cello; a romance between the instruments developed; a march, which became sarcastic and satiric ensued, then the instruments argued about the direction of each digression, each musical idea, ever more furiously, until they ironically echoed with bitterness their very first notes from the opening movement. This comic portrayal of the arc of infatuation, romance, and divorce was adroitly played by both performers with the exasperated lower register of Shao’s fiercely sawing cello evoking mirthful laughter in me and smiles in other audience members too timid to laugh. Despite the obvious literalism of the program, this was quite an amusing outing worthy of a second hearing. After a brief intermission, Sauer played Scherzo No. 4 in E major for piano by Frédéric Chopin. Many commentators declare the recording Stanislav Richter to be definitive, yet Benjamin Grosvenor has recently challenged the Richter legend with a light, lyrical, cleanly gossamer version that has been much acclaimed. Yet Sauer delivered a different interpretation rooted in Chopin’s life. On May 28, 1842, Chopin’s lover George Sand wrote a letter acclaiming two new mazurkas by Chopin to be “worth more than twenty novels.” Yet six weeks later the lovers were both ill. George was afflicted with an infected optic nerve and had to wear eyeshades to block sunlight which bestowed baleful headaches as she rushed to complete her latest novel set in Venice and the Czech Republic under the duress of a preposterous deadline. Chopin was bedridden for nearly two months in the hot summer heat with what may have been strep-throat, his neck swollen bulbously with mucus. He composed the Scherzo, his last and the only one in a major key, in fits-and-starts during this debilitating illness, thinking he was at death’s door. Sauer captured the manic desperation of Chopin’s struggle highlighting the alternation of hope and despair, imbuing his performance with desperate improvisational edge. Sauer’s interpretation and performance was extraordinary; he brought out the passionate interior of the artist defying defeat through dramatic suspension, hopeful glissando runs, and surprise asymmetry that emphasized episodic construction. This was the aspiration, agony, and ecstasy of Chopin at work despite debility. Sauer revealed the process of composition as a struggle of incremental organic growth, stripping away the imaginary setting of the polite social salon by focusing on the isolated crisis of creation: the Polish folk tune of romance, upon which the Scherzo was based, became a living monument of Chopin’s inspirational love for music itself under Sauer’s fingers. Will there be a recording? I don’t want to listen to anyone else’s interpretation. Alluding to the difficulties of love, Shao re-appeared and they performed Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in C Major, Op. 102, no.1. In four movements, piano and cello conducted a civilized conversation arriving at flirtation. Each instrument had civilized things to say, yet their conversation never achieved anything—as they appeared to politely “talk” at cross-purposes without understanding each other. No solution to this quandary was achieved: the composition merely ended. What had recently occurred in Beethoven’s tumultuous life was this: Countess Marie Erdödy, to whom Beethoven had dedicated several of his chamber works, admired Beethoven’s music, and had invited him to live at her home as a lodger. Beethoven discovered that the Countess had been paying his manservant for sexual favors. In a rage, Beethoven moved out and rented a room in a brothel. This rarely performed Sonata is a satiric exercise about good music that goes nowhere. While the evening’s program had begun with convention, it had suddenly veered off into the perilous terrain of love and art. I’ve always admired the subtle connections of Sauer’s recital programs, yet this seemingly modest concert was a giant event.

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