Arcos Trio

Arcos Trio: Music of the Americas

Wednesday, November 16 @ 8 p.m.
(Pre-concert lecture @ 7 p.m. by Composer Roberto Sierra)
Recital Hall

Pre-concert lecture: Composer and CVPA Diversity Artist Roberto Sierra talks about the influences on his new work La Noche, for piano trio. This work, which will be premiered at the 8 p.m. concert, was commissioned by the Arcos Trio through an Artistic Excellence Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts with support from the James Madison University School of Music and College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Arts Council of the Valley, Lawrence University and Central Michigan University.

Since joining forces in 2005, members of the Arcos Trio have pursued a mission to present an expanded canon of standard piano trio repertoire. In particular, Arcos Trio programs often emphasize works by women composers or composers whose music bridges classical and popular boundaries. The group's first recording Big Sky: Chamber Music of American Women Composers, released in 2008 by White Pine, featured works by Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Amy Beach. The trio's current project, funded by an Artistic Excellence grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, presents a newly commissioned work by Puerto Rican-American composer Roberto Sierra as the centerpiece of a series of Latin American chamber music festivals in Wisconsin, Michigan and Virginia. The Sierra will also be featured in a recording (to be released in 2012 by Centaur Records) with works by Brazilian composer Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, Uruguayan composer Miguel del Aguila and arrangements of the tangos by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

As a soloist and a chamber musician, Seunghee Lee, she has performed throughout the United States, Europe, Russia, and the Far East. She has appeared as soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the Sophia (Bulgaria) Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sarajevo National Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the Kharkov (Ukraine) Symphony Orchestra, the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra, the Renaud Chamber Orchestra, and the Michigan Chamber Symphony Orchestra. Her chamber recital experience includes a performance at Lincoln Center, New York, as well as performances with the Fontana Concert Society, the Renaud Chamber Music Society, the Orpheus Trio, and the Westbrook String Quartet. Currently she is the concertmaster of the Greater Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and she has served as the concertmaster of the Midland Symphony Orchestra and the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the Korean National Philharmonic Orchestra, she toured Southeast Asia. She has won several competitions and awards, both in the United States and in Korea. Also, she has given master classes at many universities in the United States and abroad. She was a faculty member of the Interlochen International Summer Camp and a resident artist faculty at the Bay View Music Festival during the summer. Dr. Lee, a native of Seoul, Korea, is Professor of Violin at Central Michigan University.

Cellist Carl Donakowski was a finalist in the 1989 Mendelssohn Competition in Berlin. His recital performances have aired on WQRS Detroit, WQXR New York and Sudwestfunk Radio Baden-Baden. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of the North Shore Pro Musica, the Fontana Chamber Music Society, and the Arcos Piano Trio. As a member of the West End Chamber Ensemble, he twice participated in the National Endowment for the Arts/Chamber Music America Rural Residency Chamber Music Initiative outreach program. He has been heard in recital at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and as concerto soloist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. He previously served on the faculties of Central Michigan University School of Music and Alma College. During the summer, he teaches and performs as artist-in-residence at the Bay View Music Festival. His major teachers were Janos Starker, Timothy Eddy, Gary Hoffman and Christoph Henkel. He is currently associate professor of cello and head of the string area at James Madison University.

Anthony Padilla is professor of piano and chamber music and chair of the Keyboard Department at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin. An American pianist of Filipino-Chinese ancestry, Padilla receives public and critical acclaim for performances of "enormous freshness, vitality, and poetry" (Chicago Tribune). Recognized internationally as pianist of remarkable sensitivity, refined interpretation and dazzling technique, he joined the Concert Artists Guild's distinguished roster of soloists in 2000 as the top prizewinner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition. A native of Richland, Washington, he first performed as soloist with the Mid-Columbia Symphony at age nine, made his debut with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in 1983, and has since become a popular guest artist with orchestras and at concert series and music festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. Highlights include solo and collaborative appearances at the Ravinia, Chautauqua, Schleswig-Holstein, Holzhausen, Victoria, Sarasota, Cascade, Bay View and San Luis Obispo Festivals.

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