Nov. 16, 2010/For Immediate Release
MUSIC FACULTY PRESENT N.C. PREMIERE OF STEINMETZ’S POSSESSED
WINSTON-SALEM – University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) School of Music faculty members will present a dynamic repertoire at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the campus at 1533 South Main St.
Cello faculty member Brooks Whitehouse and pianist Allison Gagnon will perform.
The program will feature the North Carolina premiere of John Steinmetz’s comic Possessed for solo cello/narrator, and Kenneth Frazelle’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances.
Steinmetz, a bassoonist, composer, educator and writer based in California, composed Possessed in the late 1980s. Possessed gives listeners a look at the inner thoughts of a performer during a concert from a non-traditional and humorous perspective.
Frazelle, a UNCSA and Juilliard graduate, is a member of the UNCSA School of Music faculty. His music has been commissioned and performed by numerous prominent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Dawn Upshaw, Emmanuel Ax, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Paula Robison, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Brooks Whitehouse enjoys an active career as a performer and teacher. As a founding member of the Guild Trio, he won both the "USIA Artistic Ambassador" and "Chamber Music Yellow Springs" competitions, and has held artist-in-residence positions at The Tanglewood Music Center, Stony Brook University and The University of Virginia. His trio has appeared throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Norway, Turkey, Croatia, Serbia, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Portugal, France and Australia.
As both soloist and recitalist, Whitehouse has performed throughout the United States and abroad. He was recently a featured soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart, and appeared at the Kennedy Center with Bernard Greenhouse and Selma Gokcen as part of a tribute to the legacy of Pablo Casals. A popular guest artist with other ensembles, Whitehouse has performed with the American Chamber Players, the New Millennium Ensemble and the New Zealand String Quartet. As a member of the European-based Atma Trio, he has toured extensively in Europe and the United States. He has been featured on NPR's "Performance Today," WQXR's "McGraw-Hill Young Artist Showcase," WNYC's "Around New York," and the Australian and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation networks, and has recorded for the Centaur, CRI, and Innova labels.
Canadian pianist Allison Gagnon directs the Collaborative Piano Program at UNCSA, where she has combined collaborative activities in performing and teaching since 1998.
Acclaimed for her performances with both instrumental and vocal colleagues, she has appeared in recital throughout Canada and the United States, and in Europe. Her recital partners have included Tadeu Coelho, Ulrich Eichenauer, Lyne Fortin, Joanna G’Froerer, David Jolley, Ning Kam, Nataliya Khoma, Eric Larsen, Jens Lindemann, Nicholas Mann, James Miller, Marcy Rosen, James Sommerville, Angel Stankov, Marilyn Taylor, and Jasper Wood. Her performances have been recorded for broadcast on both the English and French networks of the CBC in Canada, and for NPR in the United States, as well as on CD.
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.
“Possessed” is a part of Six Days in November, which is supported by SunTrust Bank.