The Thurnauer Chamber Music Series featuring artistic director, violinist Sharon Roffman and friends closes its 26th season with a program featuring music by female composers including Lili Boulanger, Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke, Ruth Crawford Seeger. With guest artists, pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute and cellist Wendy Sutter.
Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator.
Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute has been described as ‘an artist of commanding technique, refined temperament and persuasive insight’ (The New York Times). 2006 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship recipient and 2009 Naumburg International Chamber Music Competition winner, Ieva has appeared in piano recitals and in chamber music concerts throught the United States and Europe. She regularly participates in international music festivals including: Marlboro, Ravinia, Bard, Caramoor, Chesapeake Chamber Music and Prussia Cove in England.
Cellist Wendy Sutter is a member of the New York Philharmonic and has appeared as soloist with the Dallas, Colorado, Tucson, Seattle, La Jolla, Shanghai, and North Netherlands symphony orchestras; Hong Kong, Brussels, and Hague Philharmonic orchestras; and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Ms. Sutter has also toured extensively throughout China and the United States with composer/conductor Tan Dun at the podium performing his works, including the Academy Award–winning Crouching Tiger Concerto, The Map Concerto, and as soloist in his Water Passion. As a solo recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Sutter has performed in festivals worldwide including Marlboro, Aspen, Spoleto, and Ravinia; with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; and with the Seattle Chamber Music Society. Ms. Sutter was the on-stage soloist with Mikhail Baryshnikov performing A Suite of Dances, a ballet for cello and dancer choreographed for Baryshnikov by Jerome Robbins. Wendy Sutter’s 2008 recording of Philip Glass’s Songs and Poems for solo cello, which was written for her by the composer and has been performed more than 100 times worldwide, was voted best new CD of the year by National Public Radio listeners and was the second best–selling CD in the classical division on iTunes.
Series made possible by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund. Currently enrolled music school students are entitled to a complimentary ticket. Please call or stop by the music office to receive a ticket.