STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Dec. 4, 2017 – Audiences won’t have to wait much longer for the debut of premiere performances from The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University.
The McKnight Center Chamber Music Festival will be The McKnight Center’s inaugural concert series, featuring a variety of performances and interactions with the finest chamber musicians in North America. The musicians will be in Stillwater for a weeklong residency April 8 through April 14.
The residency includes three regional ticketed intimate soiree performances, masterclasses for OSU students, a music-education concert for area elementary students, and a free Stillwater community concert on April 14 as the grand finale to the Festival.
Sponsorships are available now, and tickets and registration for the Free Community Concert will be available beginning in January.
“This inaugural Chamber Music Festival will be absolutely amazing,” said Mark A. Blakeman, Marilynn and Carl Thoma Executive Director for The McKnight Center. “It is the start of our work at The McKnight Center to have a lasting, long-term impact on our community and on the students at Oklahoma State University.”
Famed concert pianist and chamber musician Anne-Marie McDermott is the Festival’s artistic director and is responsible for recruiting each of the musicians and programming the music highlighted throughout the week. Many of these highly talented artists have performed on world-renowned stages such as the Dallas Symphony, the Zurich Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the MET, Curtis Institute of Music, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
McDermott’s career spans more than 25 years as a soloist and collaborator. With over 50 concerti in her repertoire, Ms. McDermott has performed with many leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico among many others. She is also a member of the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center.
“We are preparing a week of world-class music with incredible artists, and we will start building a real relationship with the community — listeners in Stillwater, the OSU community and children who will grow up with access to The McKnight Center,” she said. “We are creating organic momentum around the music that will carry through until when The McKnight Center is in full bloom with concerts year-round. I’m really honored to be a part of this inaugural McKnight Center Chamber Music Festival and the momentum that I am sure will continue to grow for decades.”
Dr. Howard Potter, head of the Oklahoma State University’s Department of Music, said it is remarkable that the McKnight Center Chamber Music Festival is creating opportunities for OSU music students to learn from the renowned artists during the one-week residency.
“The faculty and students are doubly excited to know that in between performances, our students will be able to interact with these great artists on a personal level in the form of masterclasses, rehearsal observations and discussions on the business of music, music education, career development and music entrepreneurship,” Potter said.
Blakeman said music education, as a core tenet of The McKnight Center, will play an important role throughout the week of activities. “We believe that well-rounded art and culture experiences enrich our humanity individually and collectively,” he said.
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Composer Bruce Adolphe, known to millions of Americans from his weekly broadcast and podcast of the Piano Puzzler on American Public Media’s Performance Today hosted by Fred Child, is resident lecturer and director of the Meet the Music! family concerts for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Adolphe is also composer-in-residence at the Brain and Creativity Institute in LA, artistic director of Off the Hook Arts Festival in Colorado, and creative director/composer of the Learning Maestros. Performers of Mr. Adolphe’s music include Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Sylvia McNair, Joshua Bell, Daniel Hope, Fabio Luisi, the Brentano String Quartet, the Washington National Opera, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, and over 60 orchestras worldwide. Mr. Adolphe is the author of three books about music, including The Mind’s Ear: Exercises for Improving the Musical Imagination (OUP). He has recordings on Sony Classical, Naxos American Classics, New World, Soundbrush, and others. He is also a Fellow with the Salzburg Global Seminar.
For three decades, cellist Christopher Costanza has enjoyed an exciting and varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the recipient of a Solo Recitalists Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Mr. Costanza has performed to enthusiastic critical acclaim throughout the U.S., Europe, Canada, South America, Australia, New Zealand, China, and South Korea. In 2003, Mr. Costanza joined the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Ensemble in Residence at Stanford University. A strong proponent of contemporary music, he has worked extensively with the world’s leading composers, such as John Adams, Osvaldo Golijov, Olivier Messiaen, and Pierre Boulez. Mr. Costanza’s discography includes chamber music and solo recordings on the EMI/Angel, Nonesuch, Naxos, and Albany labels, and he has launched an innovative website, costanzabach.stanford.edu, featuring his recordings of the Six Suites for Solo Cello by J.S. Bach. Mr. Costanza received a Bachelor of Music and an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he studied cello with Bernard Greenhouse, Laurence Lesser, and David Wells, and chamber music with Eugene Lehner, Louis Krasner, and Leonard Shure.
Alexander Kerr’s expressive and charismatic style has made him one of the most accomplished and versatile violinists on the international music scene today. In 1996 at the age of 26, Mr. Kerr was appointed to the prestigious position of Concertmaster of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After nine successful years at that post, he left in June 2006 to assume the endowed Linda and Jack Gill Chair in Music as Professor of Violin at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In addition to his teaching responsibilities in Bloomington, he maintains a busy concert schedule appearing with orchestras and in recital and chamber music performances throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. In 2008, he began his tenure as Principal Guest Concertmaster of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and in September 2011, he assumed his role as Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
Recognized as a deeply expressive artist and known for her musical career of broad versatility, violinist Amy Schwartz Moretti is Director of the McDuffie Center for Strings at the Mercer University Townsend School of Music and former Concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony and Florida Orchestra. She is a member of the internationally acclaimed Ehnes String Quartet and maintains an active performing schedule of solo, chamber, and concertmaster appearances. Recent projects include the CD release of Schubert and Sibelius quartets (Onyx Classics); performing Beethoven’s complete cycle of string quartets in Korea; leading the McDuffie Center String Ensemble’s Carnegie Hall debut; and performing the international premiere in Japan, of “Three Shades of Blue,” GRAMMY® winner Matt Catingub’s concerto written for her. She curates the Fabian Concert Series in Macon, Georgia, and holds the Caroline Paul King Chair in Strings. Through the generous efforts of the Stradivari Society of Chicago, she plays the 1744 G.B. Guadagnini violin. Born in Wisconsin, raised in North Carolina and California, she lives in Georgia with her husband and two young sons enjoying all aspects of motherhood, especially Saturday morning soccer matches.
A violist of international reputation, Roberto Díaz is president and CEO of the Curtis Institute of Music. As a teacher of viola at Curtis and former principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Díaz has already had a significant impact on American musical life and continues to do so in his dual roles as performer and educator. Mr. Díaz has appeared as an orchestral soloist and recitalist in major cities around the globe and has worked with many of the leading conductors and composers of our time, including Krzysztof Penderecki and Edison Denisov. A celebrated chamber artist and recitalist, Mr. Díaz is a member of the Díaz Trio with violinist Andrés Cárdenes and cellist Andrés Díaz and performs frequently on tour in programs featuring Curtis faculty and alumni. His recording of transcriptions by William Primrose with pianist Robert Koenig (Naxos) was nominated for a 2006 Grammy. Mr. Díaz is a 1984 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where his teacher was his predecessor at the Philadelphia Orchestra, Joseph de Pasquale.
The Principal Clarinet of the Milwaukee Symphony and The Santa Fe Opera orchestras, Todd Levy has also performed with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, Orion, Miro and Miami quartets; with Pinchas Zukerman, Christoph Eschenbach, and Mitsuko Uchida; as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Mostly Mozart, and with the Israel Philharmonic; and as guest Principal Clarinet with the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Levy’s new CD, Rhapsodie, featuring 20th Century classics for clarinet, was released in November 2016. He has recorded the Brahms Clarinet Sonatas and Schumann pieces, and three educational book/CDs of clarinet competition works entitled the Clarinet Collection for G. Schirmer. Mr. Levy has also recorded and edited the new exclusive editions/CDs of the Bernstein Clarinet Sonata and the Finzi Five Bagatelles for Boosey and Hawkes. He performs on Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces, and on Selmer Signature clarinets. He is also on the faculty of UW-Milwaukee.
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott is a consummate artist who balances a versatile career as a soloist and collaborator. With over 50 concerti in her repertoire, Ms. McDermott has performed with many leading orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico among others. Ms. McDermott has collaborated with many esteemed conductors including Jaap Van Zweden, Gilbert Varga, Alan Gilbert, and Carlos Miguel Prieto. An artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ms. McDermott performs and tours extensively with them each season. Ms. McDermott records extensively with Bridge Records and in the fall of 2017, she will release a Mozart Concerto album, a Haydn Sonata disc, and a Wuorinen Sonata CD. She recently completed the Beethoven Concerto cycle with Santa Fe Pro Musica. In addition to her affiliation with the McKnight Chamber Music Festival, Ms. McDermott is also the Artistic Director of the Bravo! Vail Music Festival, the Ocean Reef Chamber Music Festival, and curator of the Mainly Mozart Spotlight Series. She lives in New York with her husband and travels extensively with her Maltese, Lola.
Susanna Phillips, born in Alabama, received the 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award from the Metropolitan Opera, where she has sung for nine consecutive seasons. She starred as Clémence in Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin conducted by Susanna Mälkki and broadcast on the Met’s Live in HD, and revived her acclaimed Musetta in Puccini’s La Bohème. She recently made her Zurich Opera debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and she also appeared as Cleopatra in Handel’s Giulio Cesare with Boston Baroque and Martin Pearlman. She has claimed the top honor at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Competition, and has won first prizes from the American Opera Society Competition and the Musicians Club of Women in Chicago. Ms. Phillips has received grants from the Santa Fe Opera and the Sullivan Foundation, and is a graduate of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Ryan Opera Center. She holds both a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and continues collaboration with her teacher Cynthia Hoffmann.