CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 25, 2013 – Chamber Music Sundays at Three will present “Brandon’s New Violin” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.
In this concert, world renowned cellist and viola da gamba soloist Christine Kyprianides joins viola professor Brandon Christensen for a concert of early string music in celebration of Christensen’s newly acquired 18th century Viennese baroque violin restored to its original measurements by luthier Greg Bearden. Christensen’s violin was made by Jakob Klem in Vienna in 1780. Restoring the violin took several months to complete. It is fitted with gut strings and played with a baroque bow.
The program is centered around the works of Belgian violinist and composer, Heinrich Ignaz Biber. He was one of the first true virtuosos of the violin and his repertoire is among the most complex and technically difficult that had ever been written for the violin up to that time. The concert will begin with “Passacaglia for Violin Solo” by Biber. It will continue with “Partita XIV in G minor for viola da gamba and basso continuo” by August Kuhnel, “Suite in D minor for harpsichord” by Johann Jakob Frogerber and “Sonata no 5” and “Sonata no 7” by Biber.
Christine Kyprianides has recorded and performed throughout the world with many prominent early music ensembles, including Huelgas Ensemble, Musica Antiqua Köln, les Adieux, Ganassi-Consort, Das Kleine Konzert, Collegium Carthusianum and Les Arts Florissants; and was a long-time collaborator of fortepianist Richart Burnett. She has taught early music performance practice at the Dresden Academy of Early Music, the Lemmens Institute of the University of Louvain, the conservatory for Liturgical Music of Halle/Saale, the Conservatories of Cologne and Buenos Aires, the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile, the Summer Seminar of Early Music in Wallonia, the University of Denver and Indiana University. Kyprianides holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the New England Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; and was awarded the Gregor Piatagorsky Cello Prize at Tanglewood. Currently a resident of Indiana, she is a member of the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Voltaire and Echoing Air. In addition to her performance activities, Kyprianides is active as a scholar, presenting and publishing papers on performance practice issues.
Christensen completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony-Brook University in New York in December 2002, where he studied violin with Mitchell Stern and chamber music with Timothy Eddy, Gilbert Kalish and Julius Levine. He joined the faculty of Southeast in the fall of 2002, where he is currently a professor of violin and viola. 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, Pa. 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. Christensen maintains a vigorous concert schedule and, in recent seasons, he has performed regularly throughout the region, as well as in Italy, Finland and China. Last season, he was a featured artist on both the Southern Illinois Music Festival and the “Ascoli Piceno” international music festival in Italy. Christensen is the founder and artistic director of the “Chamber Music Sundays at Three” concert series.
Sarah Hoffmeister, a native of Jackson, Mo., is currently pursuing a Master of Music from the Jacob’s School of Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. Hoffmeister’s studies, at the prestigious Early Music Institute, in the studio of harpsichordist and continuo specialist Elisabeth Wright, include close instruction and coaching from other early music specialists such as Stanley Richie, Nigel North, Michael McCraw and Paul Elliot. Also a graduate assistant in the Indiana University Opera Theater Department as a vocal coach, under the guidance of specialists like Kimberly Carballo and Kevin Murphy, she is learning to work with singers as a keyboardist in an overall approach to the art of opera performance. Recent performance credits include appearances with the Indiana University Classical Orchestra, on the Early Music Institute student chamber music series, and as harpsichordist and coach for Indiana University Opera Theater’s production “Xerxes” under the baton of esteemed maestro Gary Wedow. In addition to her performances and recital appearances as a harpsichordist, she continues to remain active as a collaborative pianist and has several upcoming recitals with vocal and instrumental students of varying degrees at the Jacob’s School of Music. A graduate of Southeast, Sarah welcomes the opportunity to return to her “home school” and collaborate on the Chamber Music Sunday’s at Three Series.
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.RiverCampusEvents.com.