CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 25, 2011ᾰThe final performance of the 2010-2011 Chamber Music Sundays at Three season will feature violin and viola ensembles performed by Liesl Schoenberger, and Edwin Kaplan, with a special string quartet performance by Sara Edgerton and Brandon Christensen.
The group will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
Schoenberger and Kaplan will pair up for pieces by Halverson and Mozart, while Edgerton and Christensen will play selections from Beethoven’s string quartet.
Schoenberger, a native of Cape Girardeau, Mo., has performed across North America and Europe, appearing at major venues including Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and as a soloist with several orchestras in the United States. As a crossover artist, she released three commercial fiddle albums and has appeared as a guest at the legendary Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tenn. In the 2009-2011 seasons, Schoenberger has been featured as a soloist in composer Eric Genuis’ U.S. tour. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees from Indiana University under the instruction of Mimi Zweig and Mauricio Fuks and an artist diploma from Yale University as a student of Ani Kavafian. Schoenberger served as adjunct instructor of violin at Southeast Missouri State University in 2010.
Kaplan is considered one of the most exciting violists of his generation. He has collaborated with such artists including Paul Colettti, Walter Ponce, Scott Yoo, Richard O’Neille and Mark Kaplan. In 2008, he performed as soloist in Bach’s 6th Brandenburg Concerto at the La Jolla Music Society. He is a frequent performer in the New Music New Haven and Chamber Music at Yale Concert Series. His most recent concert engagements have included performances at Disney Hall, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Morse Recital Hall, Zankle Hall, Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Kaplan earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of California in Los Angeles, and his master of music degree from the Yale School of Music. He is will be receiving an artist diploma from the Yale School of Music this year.
Christensen, founder of the Sundays at Three series, joined the faculty of Southeast Missouri State University in 2002 as an assistant professor. He completed a doctor of musical arts degree from Stony-Brook University in New York in December 2002, where he studied violin with Mitchell Stern and Baroque performance practice with harpsichordist Arthur Haas. Before moving to Missouri, Christensen was a visiting professor of violin and viola at Dickinson College, and a member of the artist-faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music in Lancaster, Penn. He has performed as a recitalist and chamber musician throughout the United States as a former member of the West-End Chamber Ensemble, and was a chamber music fellow at the Banff summer festival as a member of the Stony-Brook graduate piano trio.
Edgerton, a professor of cello and string bass at Southeast Missouri State University, is the artistic director of the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra. She performs throughout the United States both as a modern and Baroque cellist. She has collaborated with such composers as Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Claude Baker and Morton Subotnick in performances of their works, and has premiered a number of works for the cello. She is a member of the Southeast Baroque Ensemble, in residence at Southeast Missouri State University, and also performs with such notable period instrument ensembles as the Kingsbury Ensemble, St. Louis, and the Early Music St. Louis Ensemble. Edgerton received her undergraduate degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Ronald Leonard and Alan Harris, and master of arts and doctor of musical arts degrees from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards.
For more information on the concert, please visit http://www.chambermusicsundays.com/.