Craftsbury Chamber Player members Mary and Frances Rowell will present a pre-season “teaser” at The Lodge at Shelburne Bay on July 11, 2013 at 4 p.m.. The program will include music for violin and cello from the mid 16th to the mid 20th century. Composers featured are Reinhold Gliere, Orlando di Lasso, Jean Sibelius, J.S Bach, Christopher Rouse, and Maurice Ravel. Wine and cheese reception to follow, open to the public.
Mary Rowell, Violin. Critically acclaimed as one of today’s most important and exciting performers, innovative violinist Mary Rowell defies classification. Known for her work with the Grammy Award® winning Tango Project, the indie band The Silos and pop icon Joe Jackson, she has carved an indelible place in contemporary classical music by co-founding the post-classical quartet ETHEL. Mary has performed, recorded and premiered countless scores of today’s composers. She has appeared as soloist with the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Chamber Orchestra, and Warsaw Philharmonic, among others and stunned the dance world with her brilliant solo electric violin performances of Richard Einhorn’s Maxwell’s Demon. Mary is an ensemble member of the Tribeca New Music Festival specializing in “Avante-Pop” and, with composer/performer Eve Beglarian, is half of the experimental Americana duo BRIM. A graduate of the Juilliard School, she is on the faculty of Middlebury College and concertmaster of both the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra and the Broadway hit show Newsies.
Frances Rowell, Cello. Frances Rowell received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Juilliard School. A member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1995, she also participates annually in the OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma as a member of Amici NY. She is on the adjunct faculty of New Jersey City State University, Montclair State University, and is on the roster of Young Audiences of New Jersey in a string quartet program. She has also served Young Audiences as a teaching artist working with young soloists from the radio program From the Top in presentations in public schools. An inventor as well as a cellist, she received a United States Patent for a portable endpin resonating platform for the cello and has designed a stool for students which helps address posture issues. Fran is President Emeritus of the New Jersey Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
The Craftsbury Chamber Players are a pool of artists who perform both masterworks and lesser known gems from the vast chamber music literature in ever-changing ensemble configurations. In the summer they host a Chamber Music Festival, providing world-class renditions of classical, romantic, 20th century and contemporary period chamber music. In their 48th season, CCP’s Chamber Music Festival is the longest continually running chamber music festival in the country. Voted “Best Chamber Music of New England” by Yankee Magazine, the Festival runs the last three weeks of July and the first three weeks of August. Chamber Music Concerts are Wednesday evenings at the University of Vermont Recital Hall, Redstone Campus, Burlington, and Thursday evenings at the Hardwick Town House, For more information see us on Facebook or www.CraftsburyChamberPlayers.org.