Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7:30 PM
First Unitarian Church, 4700 Grover Ave
Box Office opens at 6:30 PM; doors open at 7:00 PM
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Cello Sonata No. 4 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Adagio non troppo
Vox Balaenae | George Crumb (b. 1929)
- Variations on Sea-Time
- Sea Theme
- Variation 1 – Archeozoic
- Variation 2 – Proterozoic
- Variation 3 – Paleozoic
- Variation 4 – Mesozoic
- Variation 5 – Cenozoic
- Sea Nocturne
Piano Trio No. 2 | Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
- Allegro con brio
Marianne Gedigian, flute
William Fedkenheuer, violin
Joel Becktell, cello
Michelle Schumann, piano
Marianne Gedigian, Professor of Flute and holder of the Butler Professorship in Music at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music, was a regular performer with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for over a decade as well as Principal Flute with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Acting Principal Flute with the Boston Pops. She has also been heard on several John Williams’ movie scores, including Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List. She keeps an active schedule as a chamber musician as a founding member of the Boston-based Walden Chamber Players and was formerly a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet. Her solo recordings include Voice of the Flute and Revolution, both with pianist Rick Rowley.
Ms. Gedigian is on the summer faculty at the Brevard Music Center, and has served on the faculties of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, The Boston Conservatory, the Round Top International Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Ms. Gedigian’s teachers include Leone Buyse, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Clement Barone, and Donna Olkowski.
William Fedkenheuer is widely respected as a performer, teacher, and consultant. He is currently the second violinist of the Miró Quartet since 2011 and has appeared on numerous recordings, and is the recipient of Lincoln Center’s prestigious Martin E. Segal Award. William serves as an Associate Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin’s Butler School of Music and oversees its Young Professional String Quartet Program. He maintains an active schedule as a consultant and professional development coach, his mission to empower each individual to give permission to be their most impactful, creative, and alive self.
Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, William became the youngest member of The Calgary Fiddlers in 1983 and was named a Canadian national fiddle champion in 1989 before making his solo debut with the Calgary Philharmonic in 1994. An active hiker, fly-fisherman, and burger connoisseur, William has two sons, Max and Olli who share his love of curiosity, discovery, innovation and chocolate. William performs on a violin by Peter and Wendy Moes, and bows by Charles Espey and Ole Kanestrom.
Joel Becktell appears frequently on Baroque and modern cello and violoncello piccolo as a soloist and with ensembles throughout North America. Joel has collaborated in solo and chamber concerts with Yo-Yo Ma, the Markolivia Duo, Leon Fleisher, and many others. He is a co-founder, with Carla McElhaney, of the “classical band” REVEL, an ensemble dedicated to playing concerts in an intimate atmosphere that invites listeners to discard old attitudes about “classical” music and re-enter the world of an earlier time when audiences engaged directly with the musicians in concerts.
In addition to his private studio and his annual summer studios at various festivals, Joel has traveled widely as a clinician and presenter of master classes. He was co-founder of Becktell-Blackerby Fine Stringed Instruments in Austin, Vice President of Eastman Strings, and was also co-founder of Terra Nova Violins in San Antonio. He has been a consultant for a diverse array of music businesses, including string makers, manufacturers of violin bridges, and a company attempting to find a synthetic substitute for horsehair.
Hailed for her “sensitive, flexible, and tempestuous dexterity” (Fanfare Magazine), pianist Michelle Schumann has built a reputation for evocative and moving performances. Since 2006, Michelle has served as Artistic Director of the Austin Chamber Music Center, where she “is fearlessly expanding our definition of chamber music” (Austin American-Statesman). Her brand of performance includes an enthusiastic interplay with the audience and her trademark includes bringing diverse music together under a blanket of narrative events.
Schumann is artist-in-residence and professor of piano at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and additionally holds a Performance Diploma from the Vienna Conservatory.