Music in our Sanctuary

Thetford Chamber Singers

North Universalist Chapel Society at 7:30pm
Friday May 12th
Admission $12 in advance, $15 at door, $8 students & financially challenged)
Advance tickets must be purchased by 5pm on the day before the concert.
“On This Earth Together” is a beautiful and hopeful program of music inspired by the experiences that bring us together as humans. The program includes works from the Renaissance to the present, such as Gwyneth Walker, Henry Purcell and Erik Satie. They have set their music to the words of writers such as Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and others.
http://www.thetfordchambersingers.org for more information.


AEOLUS STRING QUARTET

ARISTO SHAM – PIANO

Woodstock Unitarian Universalist Church
Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 2 p.m.

Quartet in A Major, Op. 41 No. 3                                                        Robert Schumann

Andante expressive – Allegro molto moderato
Assai agitato
Adagio molto
Finale: Allegro molto vivace –Quasi trio

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34                                                      Johannes Brahms

Allegro non toppo
Andante, un poco adagio
Scherzo: Allegro
Finale: Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo-
Presto, non troppo 

Next in the 2017 UU Sundays at 2 Chamber Music Series:

September 10th:  Amaranth String Quartet
October 1st:  Camerata New England Piano Trio
November 12th:  Adaskin String Trio

The Aeolus Quartet:   Violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce, and cellist Alan Richardson formed the Aeolus Quartet in 2008 while at the Cleveland Institute of Music.    Since its inception, the quartet has been awarded prizes at nearly every major competition in the United States and has travelled the globe giving performances “worthy of a major-league quartet” (Scott Cantrell, The Dallas Morning News).

The Aeolus Quartet was recently the Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School of Music.   Members of the quartet have studied extensively with the Miró, Guarneri, Juilliard, and St. Lawrence Quartets.   The musicians hold degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin, where they served as the first Graduate String Quartet-in-Residence.

The Aeolus Quartet won the Grand Prize at the 2011 Plowman Chamber Music Competition and 2011 Chamber Music Yellow Springs Competition.  They were awarded First Prize at the 2009 Coleman International Chamber Ensemble Competition, a Silver Medal at the 2011 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition, and a Bronze Medal at the 2010 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition of New England.

The Quartet has performed across North America, Europe, and Asia in venues such as the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Reinberger Recital Hall at Severance Hall, Merkin Hall, the Library of Congress, the Renwick Gallery, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center.

Pianist Aristo Sham, born in Hong Kong, was first introduced to the piano at the age of three.   When he was six, he started to study piano at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.    He then moved to England and attended the Harrow School.   Mr. Sham is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees in a joint program at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory of Music.   At the Conservatory, he is a student of Victor Rosenbaum.

Mr. Sham has won a number of major international prizes, including First Prize and the Barenreiter Urtext Special Prize in the 10th Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Germany in 2006; First Prize in the Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition in 2008; and First Prize and two special prizes in the Minnesota International Junior Piano Competition in 2011.  More recently, in 2015, he was awarded First Prize in the inaugural Viseu International Piano Competition in Portugal and First Prize in the Wideman International Piano Competition.    In 2016, he received First Prize in the PianoArts Competition in Milwaukee as well, as First Prize and Best Performance of the Commissioned Work in the New York International Piano Competition.