Michaela Paetsch, violin, graces us once again from Switzerland. Norah Clydesdale, cello is always an audience favorite, plus David Volk pianist/composer debuts with Classically Alive! Music by Bach, Gliere, Enescu, Bizet/Sarasate and Volk.
Our program begins with Norah Clydesdale playing Bach’s Suite No. 2 in D Minor for solo cello. Each of the 6 Bach Cello Suites are major works, and this divine music hardly needs introduction.
The rest of the first half is dedicated to music for violin and cello, starting with a brief tender work, “Serenade” by Romanian composer George Enescu. Next follows “Huit Morceaux” (8 Pieces), a delightful set- classical in style by Reinhold Gliere, noted Russian composer of the first part of the twentieth century. Closing out the first half is the famous “Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen” arranged by Pablo Sarasate for violin and cello, and sure to have you humming.
The second half will feature a very new work (2017) by local Colorado composer, David Volk, his Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano. This is an enjoyable, very accessible work. As I commented to David at a recent performance of the work, his music proves the point that there is much great music still to be written in the key of C Major. And the brilliantly intense finale of the Volk Sonata, titled “Mephisto Sonata”, surely concludes the work with a devilishly feverous pitch.
A frequent comment in music is that “Everything begins and ends with Bach”. So we will comes back as we began, and conclude our evening’s journey with the immortal J. S. Bach. Michaela Paetsch will take us home with Bach’s Sonata No. 2 in A minor for solo violin to conclude our rich evening.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS
Michaela Paetsch’s violin playing has been described as “gloriously charged…beguilingly velvety” (The Strad). Her captivating artistry is celebrated for the soaring vitality and the personal commitment she show her audiences. She grew up in a musical family on a mountain in Colorado Springs. “Making music and performing with my family chamber ensemble was the most important part of my development as a performing artist,” Michaela says.
Michaela has garnered international attention and numerous awards, including first prize in the G.B. Dealey International Competition, a bronze medal in the Queen Elisabeth International Competition, and the prize for the Russian Composition by Juri Falik at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
Michaela has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in the major musical centers of the world. And she has collaborated with major orchestras throughout the world, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra (Japan), the Philharmonics of Osaka (Japan), Seoul (Korea), Liége (Belgium) and Bergen (Norway); the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony.
Her extensive discography began with the 1987 recording of the 24 Caprices by Niccolo Paganini for TELDEC, making her the first female performer to record the complete work. Die Zeit, a German newspaper, described the disc as a “sensation in the history of record-making.” Discs for TUDOR include “Brahms: 21 Hungarian Dances”, “La Capricieuse” and the Sonatillen and Morxueaus by Joachim Raff with Eric Le Van, piano.
Michaela, along with the Original Ensemble Prima Carezza, performed for Simonetta Sommaruga to celebrate her election as President of the Federal Council of Switzerland for 2015; and for an official state visit welcoming French President Francois Hollande.
Michaela made her orchestral debut at the age of twelve with the Colorado Springs Symphony (now the Colorado Springs Philharmonic). In addition to subsequent performances with the Colorado Springs Symphony, she performed as soloist with orchestras throughout Colorado including the Denver Symphony (now the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, the Pueblo Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra. In July 2017, Michaela Paetsch was violin concerto soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in a performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
Michaela plays a beautiful Gaetano Pasta violin made in 1704. “I cherish its dark sensuous beauty and amazing variety of colors – it reacts so well in all conditions,” Michaela says.
Michaela resides in Ligerz, Switzerland, and travels frequently to her native Colorado.
Norah Clydesdale, cello, comes from a family of musicians originating in Glasgow, Scotland. Her grandfather, Mr. Robert Clydesdale, was an orchestra conductor and cellist who immigrated to New York state in 1932. He sailed on a cruise ship across the Atlantic performing trios aboard, and proceeded to continue his career as a cellist and teacher in upstate New York. Ms. Clydesdale’s parents were was Stuart and Joyce Clydesdale. Stuart played the piano, while Joyce sang professionally in opera productions in California’s Bay Area. Norah started playing the piano at five years of age and the cello at eight. Cello soon emerged as her main instrument of study.
Norah studied with Colin Hampton of the Griller Quartet and Andor Toth, Jr. of the Hungarian Quartet at the San Francisco Conservatory. She then traveled south to study with Gabor Reijto and Bernardo Segall at USC before culminating her training at Boston University. In Boston Ms. Clydesdale studied for seven years with world-renowned concert cellist and pedagogue George Neikrug.
Ms. Clydesdale has participated in Masterclasses with Isaac Stern, Walter Trampler and Eugene Lehner of the Kolisch Quartet. She played professionally in the Boston area–principally as a chamber musician, performing the entire Beethoven Quartets Cycle with the Artaria Quartet before moving to Paris, France. In France she was an active educator, teaching cello, violin, and the love of music to children and adults in Paris. Ms. Clydesdale also developed the string department at the Lycee Ombrosa in Lyon, France.
Speaking Italian fluently, Ms. Clydesdale rounded out her career in Europe teaching music to young school children in Milan, Italy.
Norah recently returned from Europe and is now an active performer and educator in Colorado. She has performed with the Grace String Quartet, as Assistant Principal Cello of the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, and was Principal Cello of the Pikes Peak Philharmonic for three years. Norah also performs with the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Colorado State University Faculty Piano Trio, now the Prometheus Piano Trio.
Norah is the Cello Instructor and Assistant Orchestra Director at CSU Pueblo, and has taught cello also at Pikes Peak Community College. She also maintains private teaching studios in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
Norah is currently expanding the Clydesdale Music and Art Studio in downtown Pueblo, in order to reach out to interested students in the regional community as well as in New Mexico. As of September 2017, the Clydesdale Studio venue started hosting intimate chamber concerts and arts events, accompanied by French pastries and other goodies.
David Volk, pianist/composer joined Colorado State University – Pueblo in August 2013 as Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair having previously taught at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. At UVa-Wise, David was the 2010 recipient of the college’s Outstanding Teacher award and a 2010 nominee for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award.
David is an active composer. His doctoral dissertation, a one-act chamber opera based on Flannery O’Connor’s short story A Good Man is Hard to Find, premiered in Athens, GA, in 2003 with a grant from the University of Georgia’s Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE). The opera has also been performed in Demorest, Georgia, and Wise, Virginia, and was a featured presentation of the Flannery O’Connor Library at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville in 2003. David’s Magnificat premiered in December 2014 with the Pueblo Symphony and Colorado State University – Pueblo Concert Choir. His Gloria and Credo for chorus and orchestra, written for 30th anniversary of the Pueblo Choral Society, premiered in March 2016. David premiered his opera Strange Fruit, based on the 1944 best-selling novel by Lillian Smith, in Pueblo in September 2017.
David holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Georgia and Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Theory from Florida State University. He has appeared as a guest piano soloist with the Toccoa Symphony (Toccoa, Georgia) and UVa-Wise Highland Orchestra as well as a guest choral clinician in Georgia, Virginia, and Colorado, including the Virginia District 7 SATB Junior High Chorus and Colorado Arkansas Valley Middle School Honor Choir.
David, his wife Heather, and sons Reese and Julian were the 2007 Commonwealth of Virginia Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes and the 2016 Ambassador Family for the city of Pueblo.
Social Time until around 6:30 then…
“Bach, Away, and Bach Again”
Suite No. 2 in D Minor for solo cello J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
“Sérénade en sourdine” for violin and cello George Enescu (1881 – 1955)
Huit Morceaux (8 Pieces) for violin and cello, Op. 39 Reinhold Glière (1875 – 1956)
“Habanera” from “Carmen” for violin and cello Georges Bizet (1838 – 1875)
arr. Pablo de Sarasate (1844 – 1908)
Sonata No. 1 for Cello and Piano (2017) David P. Volk (b. 1969)
III. Mephisto Sonata
Sonata No. 2 in A Minor for solo violin J. S. Bach
General Admission: $20.
Not-so-light fare, drinks included.
Phone: (719) 229-2239