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Event

Summer Chamber Players - Summer Music 2017 – Featuring Erin Aldridge, Amir Eldan, and Cory Smythe - - Summer Music 2017Guest Chamber Music RecitalErin Aldridge*, violinAmir Eldan*, violaCory Smythe*, piano*Summer String Academy FacultyRepertoireMendelssohn: Sonata No. 2 in D Major for cello        and piano, Op. 58Mendelssohn: Variations concertantes\, Op. 17Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 49About the ArtistsErin Aldridge (guest violin)Erin Aldridge has won numerous awards as both soloist and chamber musician and has been featured throughout Europe, South America, and the United States. She continues to maintain an active performance schedule as a soloist, and as a chamber musician she has performed numerous concerts throughout Uruguay as well as throughout the United States with the Dorothea Trio. Dr. Aldridge received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Violin Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Aldridge currently serves as Associate Professor of Violin, Director of Orchestras, and violinist of the faculty piano trio Trillium at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. She is also concertmaster of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2005.Amir Eldan (guest cello)Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and as guest principal cellist. In 2011-12, he served as principal cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra by invitation from Zubin Mehta; a year later, he served as guest principal cellist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He was the youngest member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York when he won the position of associate principal cellist at the age of 22 and was invited by James Levine to perform with the MET Chamber Ensemble in Carnegie Hall. Eldan has performed at the music festivals of Aspen, La Jolla, Ravinia, Giverny (France), Prussia Cove (England), and in West Cork (Ireland). He also participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. Eldan has collaborated with members of the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland string quartets, Richard Goode, Kim Kashkashian, Joseph Silverstein, Midori, and Lynn Harrell. His performances have been featured on PBS and public radio, in concerts throughout the U.S., Europe, and Israel, and he has presented master classes in the U.S., Israel, and China. Eldan holds a doctor of music degree and master's degree from the Juilliard School, where he also served as a guest teacher. He received his bachelor cum laude from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 2006, he was appointed to the faculty of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and became the cellist of the Oberlin Trio.Cory Smythe (alumnus guest piano)Pianist Cory Smythe works actively in new, classical, and improvised music. He has performed widely, making appearances as soloist and chamber musician at the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, the Green Mill jazz club in Chicago, and the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center. In recent seasons, Smythe has played alongside violinist Hilary Hahn in concerts throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A Washington Post review of the duo’s performance at the Kennedy Center praised Smythe for …the ferocity and finesse of his technique. Their Grammy-winning album, In 27 Pieces: the Hilary Hahn Encores, documents Hahn’s diverse collection of newly commissioned encores for violin and piano.As a core member of the new music group the International Contemporary Ensemble, Smythe has given numerous premieres, collaborated in the development of new pieces, and worked closely with composers John Zorn, Philippe Hurel, Dai Fujikura, George Lewis, and Alvin Lucier among many others. ICE’s 2013 release on Mode Records features Smythe as the piano soloist in Iannis Xenakis’s ‘Palimpsest’. Smythe has also been a featured guest and soloist with many new music ensembles throughout the United States, including Milwaukee’s Present Music, the Boston-based Firebird Ensemble, Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW, and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. He performs regularly in collaboration with many of the leading concert artists of his generation, appearing this last season with the cellist Joshua Roman, violinist Karen Gomyo, the Imani Winds, and members of the Providence and Rubens string quartets.An innovative improviser, Smythe performs as a soloist and in collaboration with a wide array of jazz and creative artists, among them, most recently, Peter Evans, Vijay Iyer, Steve Lehman, and Anthony Braxton. This season will see the release of recordings featuring Smythe in projects led by Tyshawn Sorey and Nate Wooley. Smythe’s own album, Pluripotent — described by celebrated jazz pianist Jason Moran as hands down one of the best solo recordings I’ve ever heard — is available for free download at corysmythe.bandcamp.com.Smythe holds degrees in classical piano performance from the music schools at Indiana University and the University of Southern California, where he studied with Luba Edlina-Dubinsky and Dr. Stewart Gordon, respectively. He currently resides in New York City.

School of Music venue: Auer Hall

TIME: 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: IU Jacobs School of Music (MAC; Auer, Ford recital halls), Third Street and Jordan Avenue, Bloomington. 855-7433    www.music.indiana.edu


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