Denison Orchestra Presents Faculty Composition; Welcomes Special Guest Artist Amy Sue Barston
Posted: April 17, 2007
GRANVILLE -- The Denison University Orchestra presents its spring concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday (April 21) in Swasey Chapel. The performance, which is free and open to the public, will feature a guest artist, a concerto, a symphony, and a composition by Denison faculty member Ching-chu Hu.
Amy Sue Barston
"As Waves of Sunlight Break," the work by Hu, will have Andy Carlson, chair of the music department, as conductor. The "Violoncello Concerto No. 1 in A minor," Op. 33, by Camille Saint-Saens will showcase guest artist Amy Sue Barston and "Symphony No. 2 in D Major," Op. 73, by Johannes Brahms is a challenging work which the orchestra has conquered according to Hu, who will conduct it and also the concerto.
Visiting cellist Barston has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on stages all over the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Ravinia Festival, and Haan Hall (Jerusalem). Barston began her studies at age three at the Music Institute of Chicago. She continued at the University of Southern California and later earned her master's degree at the Juilliard School. Barston made her first solo appearance with an orchestra when she was 12. She is a member of two critically acclaimed chamber ensembles.
Barston is currently teaching at the New York School of Strings, the Juilliard School, and at numerous summer music festivals.
Carlson is a soloist and chamber musician and has performed as soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Huntington West Virginia Symphony, The Welsh Hills Symphony, The Land of Legend Philharmonic and the University of Iowa Symphony. In addition to his experience as a classical violinist, Carlson has been named Georgia State Champion Fiddler twice and Ohio Grand Champion Fiddler. His book, titled "A Guide to American Fiddling," has been released by Mel Bay Publishers.
Hu joined Denison University in 2000. He teaches composition and theory and is also a conductor. He earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University, his master's and master of fine arts degrees from the University of Iowa and his doctorate from the University of Michigan. Hu's music was performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, where he served as resident composer.
SPECIAL NOTE:Miss Barston's three-day residency at Denison includes rehearsals with the Denison University Symphony Orchestra (DUSO) and various masterclasses with students. All of her engagements are free and open to the public:
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville -- The Denison Orchestra presents its spring concert; 8 p.m., Saturday (April 21), Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Free and open to the public. Call 740-587-6220 to confirm information.
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