Appassionato! Jacobsen Concert Turns the Spotlight on Violin

September 11, 2012


Four Puget Sound faculty musicians perform for the public Friday, Sept. 28


TACOMA, Wash. – Expect fireworks of the string instrument kind, when four University of Puget Sound musicians perform Appassionato!, a Jacobsen Series concert to be held on Friday, Sept. 28.

The passion of Ravel, warmth of Dvorák, playfulness of Sarasate, and more will be presented by Maria Sampen (violin), Timothy Christie (viola), David Requiro (cello), and Duane Hulbert (piano) in a concert celebrating the versatility of the violin. The performance will be at Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus, starting at 7:30 p.m. Ticket information is below.

First on the program will be Maurice Ravel’s exciting Tzigane (French for “gypsy”), a piece that shows off the violin’s capability for passion and technical fireworks. Alfred Schnittke’s Violin Sonata No. 1, following, is a tour-de-force for both piano and violin. The 18-minute piece requires each instrument to perform at the edge of its virtuosity.

Pablo de Sarasate’s Navarra, Opus 33 is an entertaining work for two dueling violins, each competing for the spotlight throughout the Spanish-influenced piece. The second half of the program will feature the lush, uplifting Antonin Dvorák Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Opus 87. The work shows off the lyricism of the violin as well as that of its companion instruments: the viola, cello, and piano.

“It is always a joy to perform with Duane, Tim, and David, and these pieces will certainly give the audience a taste for the expressive abilities and passion of these composers,” said Maria Sampen. “We chose the name Appassionato! because that is truly what it takes to perform these works.”

Maria Sampen, associate professor and director of strings at Puget Sound, has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras across the United States, and as a chamber musician in Europe, Asia, and North America. She is in demand as a performer of both standard and experimental works and frequently collaborates with the leading composers of our time. Sampen is a member of the Puget Sound Piano Trio, The IRIS Orchestra, and the ensemble Brave New Works. She also is on the violin faculty at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina.

Tim Christie, affiliate artist faculty at Puget Sound, is artistic director and founder of the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. He is a member of the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and is active as a chamber musician, recording artist, and teacher. Christie is the solo violist of the contemporary ensemble Brave New Works, violinist with The IRIS Orchestra in Memphis, Tenn., and is on the violin faculty at the Brevard Music Festival.

Duane Hulbert, distinguished professor and chair of piano at Puget Sound, has toured the United States and Europe, winning rave reviews. He has won prestigious prizes, including at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, and the Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition in Spain. As a soloist, he has played with numerous major symphony orchestras and as a teacher he has seen his students win major competitions and hold prestigious positions in colleges and conservatories across the country. Hulbert’s recording of works by Alexander Glazunov was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2002.

David Requiro is the Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel Artist in Residence at Puget Sound. He has garnered first prize awards at the Walter W. Naumburg International Violoncello Competition, and the Washington International and Irving M. Klein International string competitions, as well as a top prize at the Gaspar Cassado International Violoncello Competition in Japan. Requiro has made concerto appearances with the Tokyo Philharmonic, National Symphony, and Seattle Symphony orchestras, among others, and has been a featured soloist at venues including Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center.

The Jacobsen Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales.

For tickets order online at http://tickets.pugetsound.edu , or contact Wheelock Information Center to purchase with a credit card by calling 253.879.3100. Admission is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), students, military, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. The concert is free for current Puget Sound students with Puget Sound ID. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Photos on page: Top right: Cello Player, by Modigliani. Artist photos are beside their biographies.

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