Sunday October 11, 2020
Ismar Gomes & Katlyn DeGraw
An evening of charming and engrossing music for cello(s), capitalizing on the unique and vast range of the cello as both a solo instrument and in ensemble.
Program features neglected works by Hailstork, Prokofiev, Holst, Offenbach, Vivaldi, Lee, and more. This lesser known music is virtuosic and fun, and at times somber and reflective, but always inspiring!
Mr. Ismar Gomes, ‘cellist, attended graduate school at the Peabody Conservatory. He has performed in dozens of recital series throughout the USA with Wan Chi Su (“Duo Sorolla”), often collaborating with other renowned musicians in a wide range of music including most of the standard repertoire for cello and piano, as well as lesser known music. His recitals bring together varied works that explore new and traditional approaches to expression, and enjoys guiding audiences along this journey through each unique program. Over the past several seasons, Ismar has commissioned and premiered works from William Weigel, Aaron Malone, Larry Nelson, and Mark Hagerty. Apart from these special projects, he also championed the works of Lera Auerbach, George Walker, and Aaron Jay Kernis, and is keen to work with and promote the works of other living composers. Mr. Gomes studied much of the repertoire under the tutelage of Colin Carr, Tom Sauer, Michael Kannen and other distinguished artists.
Cellist Katlyn DeGraw is a seasoned performer with recent appearances around the globe, including concerts throughout the U.S., Canada, and Asia. In demand as an orchestral cellist, Ms. DeGraw is the Associate Principal Cellist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and appears frequently with the Richmond and Annapolis Symphonies. Additionally, she has performed with the Baltimore and Charleston Symphonies on numerous occasions. Equally passionate about chamber music, Ms. DeGraw has been a guest on a number of concert series in the region and is the founding cellist of the Ann Street Trio, based in Baltimore. In addition to her performing, Ms. DeGraw is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. She is on faculty at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and maintains a private studio of successful and engaged students. Ms. DeGraw holds a Bachelor degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music where she studied with Amit Peled, and a Master degree from the Eastman School of Music where she worked with David Ying.
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