Cello Sonata No. 3 | Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
- Allegro, ma non tanto
- Scherzo. Allegro molto
- Adagio cantabile — Allegro vivace
Grand Quatuor Concertant | Anton Reicha (1770–1836)
Modal Cycle | Graham Reynolds (b. 1971)
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.
Dr. Andrew Parker is Assistant Professor of Oboe at the Butler School of Music and is the principal oboe of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Andrew has taught and coached chamber music at various international music festivals, including the Round Top Music Festival and the Kinhaven Music School. In 2009 he was appointed the English horn Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, a position he maintained for four seasons. He has also served as an adjudicator for the National Youth Orchestra.
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree at the Eastman School of Music and Master’s degree at Yale University, he finished his doctoral studies at the University of Michigan. Andrew’s primary teachers have been Jeannette Bittar, Richard Killmer, and Nancy Ambrose King.
Kristin Wolfe Jensen
Kristin Wolfe Jensen is Professor of Bassoon at The University of Texas at Austin Butler School of Music. She is on the faculty at the International Festival Institute at Round Top, Principal Bassoonist with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Founding Director of the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and creator of MusicandtheBassoon.org. “…She has simply turned in the finest-played bassoon recital I have ever heard,” said the American Record Guide about her solo CD, Shadings. Ms. Jensen has toured Europe with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, served as Acting Principal Bassoonist of the Houston Grand Opera, and has been a member of The Dallas Opera Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony, the Las Vegas Symphony, Jupiter Symphony of New York and Continuum. She has performed at several International Double Reed Society conferences, and was co-host of the 2005 conference in Austin. As a student, she won the concerto competitions at the Juilliard School of Music where she received her Master of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory as an undergraduate. Ms. Jensen is a Fox Artist.
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 masterclasses. 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.