Chamber Music Sundays at Three to Present ‘Bach Cello Suites, Part 1’

by News Bureau on Monday, Sep. 26, 2011

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2011 — The Chamber Music Sundays at Three series will continue its 2011-2012 season with “Bach Cello Suites, Part 1” on Oct. 9.

The concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall on Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. Performing the concert will be Ken Kulosa, one of our area’s most engaging early music specialists, on baroque cello.

He is performing the entire set of Bach Cello suites over the course of two concerts, with the second planned for 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1. These are among the most important works for the cello and are known and loved by musicians and audiences alike. They are for unaccompanied cello (cello alone) and to play them all is something of a feat for any professional cellist. This is his first solo appearance for this series.

A native of Albuquerque, N.M., Kulosa moved to St. Louis in 1997 at the invitation of the St. Louis Symphony. Kulosa came to St. Louis from Chicago where he played with the Chicago Symphony, the Grant Park Symphony and the Chicago Chamber Musicians. At the same time, he held the post of principal cellist for both the South Bend and Northwest Indiana Symphonies. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the University of Houston, Kulosa studied with Laurence Lesser and Hans Jorgen Jensen, later becoming Jensen’s assistant at Northwestern University. An active pedagogue as well as performer, Kulosa is in great demand as a private teacher, and in 2003 the Missouri Chapter of the American String Teachers Association named him their Artist/Teacher of the Year. He is active as a chamber musician throughout the St. Louis area with the Saint Louis Symphony’s Community Partnership program, the Pulitzer Foundation, and as a member of the Sheldon Concert Hall’s education series resident Piano Trio.

Passionate about period performance, Kulosa is currently a member of the Kingsbury Early Music Ensemble and frequently performs music from the baroque and classical period on baroque cello, violoncello piccolo and viola da gamba. He has also performed with Early Music St. Louis, Bach at the Sem, and has served on the faculty of the Baroque String Academy of the Community Music School of Webster University. In the summers, he travels to the French Pyrenees with the Kingsbury Ensemble to perform at the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Saint-Savin. The Kingsbury Ensemble recently recorded works of Handel and Caldera on the Naiad Records label.

Tickets are On Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased at the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265 or online at rivercampusevents.com. More information on the series is available at www.chambermusicsundays.com.