A Due Celli: A Celebration of the Cello (Times Two)

January 12, 2013

Faculty musicians and guest artist Meta Weiss perform Friday, Jan. 25

TACOMA, Wash. – Concerts highlighting two cellos at once are a rare pleasure, so cellists David Requiro and Meta Weiss decided to treat Northwest audiences to a special evening featuring the instrument’s beauty and virtuosity (times two). The result is A Due Celli, a performance that brings together an unusual mix of instruments in chamber works old and new.

Puget Sound artist-in-residence David Requiro and guest artist Meta Weiss will celebrate the warm, versatile spirit of the cello in this Jacobsen Series concert starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. Ticket information is below.

The two cellists will be joined by faculty artists Rodger Burnett (horn), Maria Sampen (violin), Timothy Christie (violin), and Duane Hubert (piano), as well as guest artists Oksana Ezhokina (piano) and Jennifer Caine (violin) from the Icicle Creek Piano Trio. The evening will include works by J.P. Bottemanne, Schumann, Paganini, and Schubert.

“For me, this program features a wonderful balance between the profundity of Schubert’s great cello quintet and some musical treats that are lighter in character and that you almost never get to hear, such as the Bottemanne piece,” said Requiro.

Jean-Paul Bottemanne’s A Due Celli (Italian for “two cellos”), described by one music critic as a “spiky and ethereal” work, will have its Northwest premiere at the concert. Bottemanne, a French composer who has written for stage performances and film, is a celebrated contributor to the new music scene in Paris and Chicago.

Robert Schumann’s Andante and Variations in B-flat Major, WoO10 includes two cellos, two pianos, and a French horn, with much of the attention captured by the pianos, which vie with each other through delicate, meandering passages and some rapid variations. 

Niccolò Paganini’s Moses Variations, while written for cello and piano, will be performed by two cellos alone, taking listeners through a spectrum of the instrument’s technical possibilities.

Franz Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D. 956, described by composer and scholar Brian Newbould as the composer’s “last, and perhaps greatest, contribution to chamber music,” will  complete the program.

Meta Weiss, a native of San Francisco, is an acclaimed soloist, chamber musician, and artist with an interest in music spanning classical to jazz. She has performed throughout the United States and internationally, and earned top prizes in competitions, including the Irving M. Klein International String Competition, Washington International Competition for Strings, and Ladies Musical Club of Seattle Award Tour competition. She has been a guest artist on National Public Radio, including on A Prairie Home Companion and From the Top, and on KING FM’s Northwest Focus. Her duo album with violinist Arianna Warsaw-Fan will be released in 2013 on the Sono Luminus label. Weiss received her Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where she is now pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She performs on the 1719 “Duke of Marlborough” Stradivari cello, generously on loan to her from the Juilliard rare stringed instrument collection.

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. He has served as artist faculty at the Festival Giverny Hors les Murs, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute Academy and Music Festival, Maui Classical Music Festival, Olympic Music Festival, and Center Stage Strings. He also is a member of the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York.

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 call Wheelock Information Center at 253.879.6013 to purchase with a credit card. 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. Group ticket rates are available for parties of 10 or more by calling 253.879.3555 in advance. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

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Press photos of Meta Weiss and David Requiro can be downloaded from: www.pugetsound.edu/pressphotos

Photos on page: Top right: Meta Weiss, photo by Paul Body; Above left: David Requiro.

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