Denison University Faculty Piano Quartet Presents Concert
Posted: February 3, 2003
Members of the music department faculty will come together as a piano quartet to present a concert at 3 p.m., Sunday (Feb. 9) in Burke Recital Hall. Musicians include Denison Associate Professor of Music Andrew Carlson on violin and affiliated studio instructors Laurel Butler on viola, Cora Kuyvenhoven on cello and Nelson Harper on piano. The concert is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature Mozart's "Piano Quartet in G Minor" and Gabriel Faur?'s "Quartet for Piano, Violin, Viola, and Cello in C Minor." The work by Mozart is in three movements -- allegro, andante, and rondeau. Faure, a French composer of the late romantic period, has written his quartet in four movements -- allegro molto moderato, scherzo: allegro vivo, adagio, and allegro molto.
Carlson has performed as a soloist and as a chamber musician throughout the United States. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Georgia and a doctorate in performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. An active Suzuki teacher, Carlson has taught at summer Suzuki Institutes and workshops throughout the country. Carlson also teaches violin, conducts the Orchestra, directs the Denison Bluegrass ensembles and teaches "The History of American Folk and Country Music."
Violist Butler is on the faculty of Ohio State University and , where she teaches private lessons, coaches chamber music ensembles and performs in faculty chamber music ensembles. Prior to her appointment at Ohio State, she was a member of the Rackham Quartet and performed throughout the United States and Europe. Butler studied at Oberlin College and Conservatory, Wichita State University, the University of Michigan and Eastman School of Music.
Kuyvenhoven is a cello instructor at Denison and is the administrator of the University Suzuki Program. She completed her doctorate in music at the University of Iowa in 2000. Kuyvenhoven has been soloist with the Plymouth Symphony, National Arts Chamber Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony and will be soloist with the Welsh Hills Orchestra in their 2002/03 season. She earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her post-master's degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Harper is known for his versatility as both a solo pianist and chamber musician. He has appeared in several summer music festivals including the Grand Teton Music Festival and has been heard at least twice yearly in live broadcasts on Chicago's Fine Arts Radio Station, WFMT. He has performed for 20 years with English violinist Michael Davis as well as with flutists Donald Peck and Jeanne Baxtresser, trumpeter James Thompson and violinists Yfrah Neaman and Max Rostal. Harper was the first pianist ever to receive Ohio State's Distinguished Teaching Award and has been a member of the piano faculty at Denison since 1987.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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