guest artist: Julie Albers, cello
October 17 & 18, 2014
Smetana: Overture to the Bartered Bride
Byron Adams: Concerto for violoncello
Julie Albers, cello
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6
Watch Concert Preview Videos by Maestro Cooper!
Video - Concert Overview and a Close Look at Tchaikovsky
Video - Close Look at Julie Albers and Byron Adams
Maestro Cooper: "Two justifiably well-loved standards of the literature surround a work by one of my favorite living American composers, Byron Adams. Adams' music has been featured on our programs before, as has the performance by wonderful guest cellist, Julie Albers."
American cellist Julie Albers is recognized for her superlative artistry, her charismatic and radiant performing style, and her intense musicianship. She was born into a musical family in Longmont, Colorado and began violin studies at the age of two with her mother, switching to cello at four. She moved to Cleveland during her junior year of high school to pursue studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Richard Aaron. Miss Albers soon was awarded the Grand Prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, and as a result toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai.
Julie Albers made her major orchestral debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, and thereafter has performed in recital and with orchestras throughout North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2001, she won Second Prize in Munich's Internationalen Musikwettbewerbes der ARD, and was also awarded the Wilhelm-Weichsler-Musikpreis der Stadt Osnabruch . While in Germany, she recorded solo and chamber music of Kodaly for the Bavarian Radio, performances that have been heard throughout Europe. In 2003, Miss Albers was named the first Gold Medal Laureate of South Korea's Gyeongnam International Music Competition, winning the $25,000 Grand Prize.
In North America, Miss Albers has performed with many important orchestras and ensembles. Recent performances have included exciting debuts on the San Francisco Performances series and with the Grant Park Music Festival where she performed Penderecki's Concerto Grosso for 3 cellos with Mr. Penderecki conducting. Past seasons have included concerto appearances with the Orchestras of Colorado, Indianapolis, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver, and Munchener Kammerorchester among others.
In addition to solo performances, Miss Albers regularly participates in chamber music festivals around the world. 2009 marked the end of a three year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two. She is currently active with the Albers String Trio and the Cortona Trio. Teaching is also a very important part of Miss Albers' musical life. She currently is Assistant Professor and holds the Mary Jean and Charles Yates Cello Chair at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
Miss Albers' debut album with Orion Weiss includes works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, Massenet, and Piatagorsky and is available on the Artek Label. Julie Albers performs on a N.F. Vuillaume cello made in 1872 and makes her home in Atlanta with her husband, Bourbon, and their dog, Dozer.
Julie Albers Website
Vienna, Ich Liebe Dich
Montclaire String Quartet
November 9, 2014
Joseph Marx: String Quartet in Classical Mode
Anton Webern: Rondo (1906)
Franz Schubert: Quintet in C major, Op. 163
Solen Dikener, cello
Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship 2014-2015
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this musical fellowship is to develop and encourage West Virginia high school students (grades 9-12) who actively study music to explore professional careers related to a music discipline. This is an extensive, monitored, and time-intensive training program structured to take place primarily outside school hours.
In an effort to open the program to as many student musicians as possible, we invite applications from instruments outside the standard orchestral complement including piano and saxophone. Each fellowship will be individually designed to further develop an individual’s potential as a musician.
There are many benefits to participating in the fellowship:
- Experience direct interaction both onstage and backstage with musicians of the WVSO from different vantage points during rehearsals to ascertain how each different concert is prepared for performance
- Experience interaction with nationally and internationally-renowned soloists, musicians, and performers
- Meet and interact with Maestro Grant Cooper, Artistic Director and Conductor of the WVSO
- Receive free tickets to WVSO concerts for both yourself and a guest
- Serve on occasion as an ambassador for the Symphony to the press and to the community
ELIGIBILITY: The program is open to all West Virginia high school students (grades 9-12).
Instruments: In order to submit a competitive application, each candidate must be a serious instrumental music student who plays a primary instrument that is part of a modern symphony orchestra including:
Strings (harp, violin, viola, cello, bass)
Woodwinds (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone)
Brass (trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba)
Percussion (pitched and unpitched percussion instruments, piano)
STANDARDS OF ACCEPTANCE: The program has been adapted to include serious music students with talent and a strong desire for success as a future professional musician or educator. (Financial resources are available through this program for students whose economic situation or geographic location might otherwise preclude continuing serious music study.)
AUDITION/INTERVIEW FINALIST COMPETITION: A small number of finalists will be invited to advance from the application round to the two-part interview/audition finalist round on Saturday, December 6, 2014 (at the Clay Center-Walker Theater). Members of the selection committee will conduct an interview session with each candidate to further gauge commitment to music and this overall program. The finalists will be asked a broad range of questions that will explore each candidate’s goals, interests, and aptitude. Each candidate will audition on his primary instrument for the selection committee. (Note: This date conflicts with SAT test date for December 6, 2014. Please take note that program auditions and interviews take place in the morning.)
Music performed for the audition on instruments other than piano would ideally be one or more movements from the standard concerto repertoire with orchestra, originally composed for your instrument. You must audition with piano accompaniment. You may choose to bring your own accompanist or perform with accompanist provided by the WVSO (at no charge to you) on the day of the audition. Students auditioning on piano should prepare a major solo movement from the standard sonata repertoire for your instrument.
OBLIGATION OF FELLOWS: The fellowship requires a high level of focus and desire to further one’s music education and academic/professional goals. There is a significant time commitment required for this fellowship. Fellows will be expected to attend rehearsals for three symphonic concerts. Fellows are expected to do a significant level of research on orchestral repertoire, historic, and modern composers. Most resources are available in local libraries, the Internet, and through school systems. Parts and study-scores for each rehearsal session are provided by the WVSO.
APPLICATION SUBMISSION INFORMATION:
Complete all parts of the application. If your local school does not have a copy of the application and instructions, you may download here.
If you have questions about the application, you may also contact the WVSO Education Department at (304) 561-3531 or e-mail:
For hand-delivered applications: The WVSO Education office is located at the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of WV, One Clay Square, Charleston, WV. Completed applications may be dropped off at the ticket desk in the main lobby until 5 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2014.
All applications must be received at the education office by FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2014.
(this is not a postmark deadline)
Andrew and Amy Vaughan Student Symphonic Fellowship
Attn: Betty King West Virginia Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 2292 Charleston, WV 25328