March 22/23, 2014 – Kuchar/Argenta Trio
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
Theodore Kuchar, Music Director and Conductor
Argenta Trio (Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin; Dmitri Atapine, cello; James Winn, piano)
Beethoven: Turkish March from “The Ruins of Athens”
Beethoven: Romance, Op. 50
Beethoven: Triple Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
This very special all-Beethoven concert, led by Maestro Theodore Kuchar, highlights the artistry of the Argenta Trio, UNR’s resident chamber ensemble, in the Triple Concerto. Also on the program are the dynamic Symphony No. 4 and two melodic shorter works.
Described as a “violinist who most often takes your breath away” by Gramophone Magazine, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied performing and recording career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. Recently returning from a U.S. Embassy sponsored concert tour of southern Chile, Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on the foremost stages of the U.S., as well as in Canada, Estonia, Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru and Mexico. In addition to her active performing career, Stephanie is devoted to teaching serious young violinists, many who have successfully chosen careers in music. Currently Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at the University of Nevada, Reno, she is also Artistic Director of Cactus Pear Music Festival, which she founded in 1997 while serving as Concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony. Former First Assistant Principal Second Violin of The Cleveland Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnanyi, she toured and recorded internationally with this ensemble for eight seasons. Read More
Dmitri Atapine has been described as “a splendid, elegant cellist” (Mundo Clasico), a musician with “brilliant technical chops” (Gramophone), and an artist whose “playing is highly impressive throughout” (The Strad). As a soloist and recitalist, he has appeared on some of the world’s foremost stages, including Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill Halls at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Cultural Center, and the National Auditorium of Spain. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Atapine is making his debut this season with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and his frequent festival appearances have included Music@Menlo Music Festival, La Musica Festival Sarasota, Nevada Chamber Music Festival, Cactus Pear Music Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, and Aix-en-Provence Festival, with performances broadcast on radio and television in Spain, Italy, the United States, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea. Read More
James Winn, piano and composition professor at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997, made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony at the age of thirteen, and has been performing widely in North America, Europe, and Asia ever since. With his duo-piano partner, Cameron Grant, he was a recipient of the top prize given in the two-piano category of the 1980 Munich Competition. Dr. Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble, of Hexagon (woodwind quintet plus piano), and the pianist and resident composer of the Telluride Chamber Music Festival, as well as a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Speculum, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Series, the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento, the Group for Contemporary Music, Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival, La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, and Bargemusic. He is also a regular participant in the Reno Chamber Orchestra’s Nevada Chamber Music Festival. Read More
Theodore Kuchar, one of the most prolifically recorded conductors of the past decade, appears on over 100 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine and Marco Polo labels. His CD “Latin American Classics” with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela was recently nominated for a 2013 Latin Grammy Award. The 2013-14 season is Kuchar’s eleventh as Reno Chamber Orchestra Music Director, and his tenth as Artistic Director of the RCO’s Nevada Chamber Music Festival. He also presently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (2002- ), Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Venezuela (2011- ), and Principal Conductor of the Slovak Sinfonietta Žilina (2013- ). Kuchar has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of two of Europe’s leading orchestras, the Janácek Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly the Czech Radio Orchestra) (2005- ) and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (1994-2004). An avid chamber musician, he served as the Artistic Director of The Australian Festival of Chamber Music (1990-2006). Read More.
Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, cellist Lynn Harrell, pianist Andre Previn, and the London Philharmonic conducted by Kurt Masur.