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“Soaring effortlessly high above the clouds. That’s the sensation I enjoy when I am in the
perfect performance zone. It’s a feeling of tremendous freedom and peace. As if I am
weightless, I’m soaring on air currents looking passively down on the tumultuous world
below as the music flows past my ears. When I decided to record a second CD of solo pieces
for violin and viola, Soaring Solo was the title that came ‘out of the blue’ and drifted into
my consciousness. And like Going Solo, I wanted to seed these clouds with some of my
favorites from the Baroque period along with a few lesser known, rarely recorded gems and,
finally, to include treasures written by living composers. Enjoy your own flight on the wings of
these exceptional composers and their inspiring compositions.”
SEE ME AFTER THE CONCERT AND I’LL BE GLAD TO SIGN ANY CD YOU PURCHASE.
This CD was partially underwritten by the University of Nevada, Reno, Scholarly and Creative Activities Grants Program.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Mark your calendar!
with Special Guests
Argenta Trio’s second concert of the
academic year, “Songs of Spain,” takes
place here at Nightingale Concert Hall on
Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 pm, with
works by Turina, Arbos, Sarasate & Cassado.
Christina Wright-Ivanova, piano
& Peter Goin, time-based
Nightingale Concert Hall
Church Fine Arts Building
University of Nevada, Reno
LOOK | LUNCH | LISTEN
It’s casual, so come and go as you please. Stop in for 15 or 50
minutes for a highly entertaining lunch break showcasing
students as well as faculty in performance.
Oct. 19, 26; Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Dec. 7, Noon-1 p.m.
Frank and Joan Randall Rotunda, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
Join us for a CD Release
reception in the lobby
following the concert
Aria for violin & piano (2000) • 5'
Kevin Puts (b. 1972)
Sonate Op. 31, No. 2 “Es ist so schönes Wetter drausen”
(It is such nice weather outside) for solo violin (1924) • 12'
Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
Leicht bewegte Viertel • Ruhig bewegte Achtel • Gemächliche Viertel •
Fünf Variationen über das Lied “Komm, lieber Mai” v. Mozart
Sonata in G Minor for violin & piano (1917) • 14'
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Allegro vivo • Intermède: Fantasque et léger • Finale: Très animé
Three Impromptus Op. 90b for solo viola (1963) • 8'
Ernst Toch (1887-1964)
Allegro comodo • Andantino piacevole • Allegro energico–Quasi Valse Tempo
Fuga for solo violin (1953) • 4'
Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Polish Caprice for solo violin (1949) • 3' Grazyna Bacewicz (1909-1969)
Suite Populaire Espagnole for violin & piano, arr. Kochanski (1914) • 12'
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
El Paño Moruno • Nana • Canción • Jota • Asturiana • Polo
Viva for solo violin (2012) • 3'
Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
Time Based Media by Peter Goin
This activity is funded, in part, by an Artist Fellowship award from the Nevada Arts Council,
a state agency. Ms. Wright-Ivanova’s participation is underwritten by the University of
Nevada, Reno School of the Arts Visiting Fund, and the Department of Music.
Orchestral Career Studies Travel Fund Endowment Goal: $10,000
The Orchestral Career Studies (OCS) graduate program was created in 1999 by the former Concertmaster of
the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and UNR professor Phillip Ruder. This special, two-year graduate program
for violinists, violists and cellists is unique in this country and is designed to train young string players for
successful careers in American symphony orchestras while earning their Master of Music degree. Special
emphasis is placed on training musicians for the rigorous audition process necessary to win an orchestra job.
In 2007, Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio was appointed Director of the OCS program and she saw the need to raise
monies to assist these students with their expenses traveling to national auditions. With the price of airfare,
hotels, meals and taxi service, “taking an audition” is a major investment in a young musician’s career. Any
gift, no matter what size, will greatly support these efforts and carry the UNR banner widely. Thank you!
Checks can be made out to: The UNR Foundation. On memo line please note “OCS Travel Fund.” Mail to:
Attn: S. Sant’Ambrogio; Dept. of Music / 0226; University of Nevada, Reno; Reno, NV 89557-0226.
Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, praised as a “violinist who most often takes your breath away” by
Gramophone Magazine, and described as an “expressive and passionate chamber musician” by the San
Antonio Express-News, Ms. Sant’Ambrogio enjoys a varied teaching, performing and recording career as
soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and pedagogue. Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has performed as
soloist and chamber musician on the foremost stages of the U.S., as well as in Canada, Estonia,
Sweden, Ghana, Italy, Peru, Chile and Mexico. In addition to her active performing career,
Stephanie is devoted to teaching serious string players, many who have won positions in
America’s symphony orchestras and universities. 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 Dohnany, she toured and recorded
internationally with this ensemble for eight seasons.
Currently Concertmaster of the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra (CA), Ms. Sant’Ambrogio has a discography of over 75
orchestral and chamber music CDs, and has recently recorded her Soaring Solo: Unaccompanied Works for Violin & Viola
CD that was released in June 2016. Audiophile Review praised her Johannes Brahms: The Violin Sonatas CD as, “Fine
readings of great finesse, rich coloring and complete un derstanding” and Fanfare Magazine wrote, she “play[s] with
immaculate technique, impeccable intonation, lustrous tone, and emotional warmth.” Ms. Sant’Ambrogio was the
graduate assistant to Donald Weilerstein at The Eastman School of Music, where she received her Master’s degree.
Previously she received her Bachelor degree from Indiana University as a student of Laurence Shapiro and James Oliver
Buswell. Performing on a violin crafted in 1757 by J.B. Guadagnini of Milan and a 2008 viola by Jacek Zadlo of Chicago,
she and her graphic designer husband Gary Albright enjoy traveling with their daughters 17-year-old Isabel and
Christina Wright-Ivanova, hailed by critics as “a brilliant collaborative pianist” (Wiener
Zeitung, Vienna) and “an ideal partner” (Huffington Post), is currently Assistant Professor of Music
the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dr. Wright-Ivanova has significant experience as both an
instrumental and vocal collaborative artist. She is on faculty at Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young
Dramatic Voices, and has previously worked at the Boston University School of Music and the
Tanglewood Institute Opera Intensive (BUTI), American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz,
Austria, the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Salzburg, and for the Metropolitan Opera
Auditions. She has performed throughout the USA, UK, Europe, Canada, China and South America,
appearing in recital with many established artists, including Tchaikovsky Competition Bronze medalist Bion Tsang, virtuoso
violinist Yevgeny Kutik, Israel Philharmonic violinist Sharon Cohen, and Joachim International Violin competition winner
Dami Kim. She continues to serve as the Artistic Director for the North End Performing Arts Professional Artists Series in
Boston. Recordings are with ARS Produktion, New Dynamic Records, MSR Classics. Publications: The Total Janáček in
Pohádka: Function of Theatrical and Musical Structure in A Fairy Tale. She has appeared on radio with Deutschland Radio,
WDR3 Kultur Radio, WRUV (Vermont), BR Klassik (Munich), Radio Caracas (Venezuela) and Norddeutscher Rundfunk
(NDR). DMA, University of Texas at Austin; MMus, New England Conservatory; BMus, University of Victoria, Canada,
additional studies at the Akademie für Neue Musik (Germany), the Franz-Schubert-Institut (Austria) and as a BrittenPears Scholar (UK) and Crear Scholar (Scotland) with Malcolm Martineau. www.christinajwright.com
Peter Goin is an American photographer best known for his work within the altered landscape,
specifically his photographs published in the book Nuclear Landscapes. His work has been
shown in over fifty museums nationally and internationally and he is the recipient of two
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Goin is currently a Foundation Professor of Art in
Photography and Videography at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has also done extensive
rephotography work in the Lake Tahoe region.