Program:

  • Ibert: Four Songs from the movie Don Quichotte
  • Ravel: Sonatina and Gaspard de la nuit for piano
  • Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor

Most concerts will take place at 3 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall on the first floor of the Mary Pappert School of Music. Join us for a 2:15 p.m. informative talk and complimentary public reception after each performance. A $10 donation is suggested.

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Perfectly Franck

Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 3 p.m.

  • Barbara Nissman and David Allen Wehr, piano
  • Guenko Guechev, bass-baritone
  • Charles Stegeman and Rachel Stegeman, violin
  • Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola
  • Adam Liu, cello

Super-virtuosa Barbara Nissman tackles Ravel's fiendishly difficult Gaspard de la nuit and delightful Sonatine, and Guenko Guechev sings four songs from the 1930's French movie version of Don Quixote, leading to the controversial, white-hot passion of Franck's Piano Quintet.

There is a special pre-concert program at 2:15 p.m.

Barbara Nissman Performer, writer, lecturer and frequent guest artist/teacher, Barbara Nissman has toured and given master classes throughout the United States, Europe, the Far East, New Zealand, and South America. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she received her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan and was honored in 1983 with their prestigious Athena Award, given annually to an outstanding alumna, as well as the School of Music's 1996 Citation of Merit Award. She now calls West Virginia home and lives on a farm in the Allegheny Mountains.

Guenko Guechev Guenko Guechev is a world-renowned Bulgarian Bass-Baritone. He has taken his natural aptitude for music and his gift of language-fluency and applied them with fervor to the specialty of 19th and early 20th century operatic interpretive vocal styles. He has appeared internationally in nearly 1000 opera performances. Mr. Guenko Guechev graduated with distinction and master's degree from the "Pancho Vladigerov" State Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria. Currently He is an Adjunct Professor of Voice and Opera Workshop Assistant Director at the "Mary Pappert School of Music" at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His love of the Russian and Italian vocal styles in 19th and early 20th century opera and his partnership with many Italian singers allows Mr. Guechev to direct each student to uncover unique vocal abilities.

Charles StegemanCharles Stegeman, Chair of Strings at Duquesne University, was for many years the violinist of the Sartory Trio (with David Allen Wehr as pianist). He is currently Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Opera and Ballet Orchestra and artist-in-residence at Azusa College in California. A native of Vancouver, he is a graduate of both the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York City. He has founded numerous music festivals all over the US, and is currently Artistic Director of the Sunflower Chamber Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas.

Rachel StegemanRachel Stegeman, Adjunct Professor of Violin at Duquesne University, Concertmaster of the Wheeling Symphony, and holds Associate Concertmaster positions of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She has performed with major symphony orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra and on over 1000 commercial recording projects, including classical music, chamber music, jazz, pop, R&B, contemporary jazz, easy listening, rock, heavy metal, live television and award shows, and soundtracks for both television and motion pictures.

Marylene Gingras-Roy.htm A native of Québec City, Canada, Marylène Gingras-Roy joined the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra viola section in the 1997 season, and in 2004 was promoted to fourth chair. Marylène has participated in many festivals, and since 2000 she has performed with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony in Idaho. She is heard regularly in chamber music concerts and maintains a full teaching schedule with her private studio, Duquesne University, and Carnegie Mellon preparatory school of music in addition to coaching the Three Rivers Young People Orchestra. She studied at both the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec where she graduated with unanimous First Prizes in both Viola and Chamber Music, and The Harid Conservatory at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned an Artist Diploma.

Adam Liu Adam Liu began musical life at the age of 6 with intense study of the erhu-a two stringed Chinese musical instrument. Taking the advice of his family, he switched to the cello, with the newly available study of western music. Mr. Liu has been featured soloist with many fine orchestras world-wide, including the symphonies of Montreal, Victoria, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, San Antonio, Baltimore, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. He joined the PSO as Assistant Principal Cello in 2003. Prior to this appointment Mr. Liu held the position of Associate Principal Cello with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He participated in many international tours and is featured on CD recordings with Montreal. He plays on a fine Italian cello made in 1759 by Paolo Antonio Testore.

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