Kingston Chamber Festival musicians to teach URI students in master class

URI Fine Art Center Hall, Feb. 16

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KINGSTON, R.I. — February 15, 2019 — The University of Rhode Island’s Department of Music will host a master class Saturday, Feb. 16, featuring two prominent artists from the popular Kingston Chamber Music Festival who will listen to performances by URI music students.

Kingston Chamber Music Festival artists violinist Zach DePue, former concertmaster for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and cellist Sophie Shao, who has performed as a soloist around the world, will listen and advise five URI music students and an alum as they perform selected works. The master class will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the URI Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston Campus. This event is free and open to the public.

“This is a huge opportunity to celebrate a 30-year collaboration between the world-class Kingston Chamber Music Festival and URI,” said University of Rhode Island music instrument instructor and cellist, Theodore Mook. “Following the tremendous success last summer in which URI faculty, alumni and community members were invited to perform with Kingston Chamber Music Festival artists at the annual festival, this master class highlights the relationship between URI and the festival.”

Those performing at this event are graduate student Kelsey Foeller, violin; senior Katherine Loo, viola; alumnus Ian Pierce, violin; and the Brahms Clarinet Trio made up of senior Tyler Tashdjian, clarinet; sophomore Faares Deeb, cello; and sophomore Peter Kemelis, piano.

Performances will include Antonin Dvorak’s Sonatina (1st Movement), Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 (Sarabande), Eugene Ysaye’s Ballade Sonata No. 3 (D minor), and selected movements from Bach’s C minor Cello Suite, and the Brahms Clarinet Trio.

Alexa Stewart, intern in the Marketing and Communications Department at URI and public relations and communication studies major, wrote this press release.