Salonline 2024-06-02 Ariana and Friends

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Sunday, June 2 2024

— a “hybrid” event —


J. S. Bach: “Wachet Auf” arr. Wolfgang Tsoutsouris

Ernst von Dohnányi: “Serenade for String Trio”
I. Marcia
II. Adagio non troppo, quasi andante
IV. Tema con variazioni
V. Allegro Vivace

Mark O’Connor selections: 
“Appalachia Waltz”
“Emily’s Reel”

Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in G Major, Op. 9 no. 1
I. Adagio – Allegro con brio
II. Adagio, ma non tanto, e cantabile
III. Scherzo
IV. Presto

Dorothy Lawson: Chai for 3


Cellist Ariana Nelson is a member of the Carpe Diem String Quartet. When not on tour with her quartet, she is based in Arlington, Virginia, where she frequently performs with the National and Baltimore Symphonies and the Washington National Opera. Additionally, she maintains a private teaching studio and is a coach for the Crescendo chamber music program and the American Youth Philharmonic. As an avid proponent of new music, she has been an artist-faculty member at the Charles Ives Music Festival since 2017. Her interest in improvisation and folk music led her to co-found the Pacific Crest Trio in 2020. Before moving to the DC area, Ariana was a member of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra and served as an adjunct cello professor at Texas Southern University. Originally from Seattle, Ariana received her musical degrees at Rice University and The Juilliard School. In addition to making music, Ariana is a certified yoga teacher and loves the outdoors.

Washington DC-based violinist Kate Dreyfuss is an adventurous interpreter of classical and contemporary music who is known for her “uncompromising commitment” and “fearless approach” (Cacophony Magazine) to performance. An active chamber musician, Dreyfuss is a founding member of the violin-clarinet-percussion trio F-PLUS, and is a core member of Contemporaneous, with whom she recently premiered Dylan Mattingly’s opera, Stranger Love, at Disney Hall in Los Angeles. She has also performed as a guest violinist with ETHEL and Hub New Music. Dreyfuss holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Stony Brook University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Princeton University. She is the Communications Director at New Music USA, a national non-profit organization dedicated to advancing new music in all its forms.

Violist Erica Schwartz is originally from Albany, New York and resides in Arlington, Virginia. She currently serves as a member of the United States Army Strings, and has appeared as a substitute violist with the National, Baltimore, and Houston symphonies, and the Washington National Opera Orchestra. Erica has appeared at festivals such as the Pacific Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Kneisel Hall, Bowdoin and the Banff Centre Chamber Music Residency. An avid teacher, Erica currently maintains a private studio in Arlington, VA and serves as a head coach for Crescendo Chamber Music. Her primary teachers include Roger Tapping, Dimitri Murrath, Ivo-Jan Van der Werff and Joan DerHovsepian. In her free time, Ms. Schwartz enjoys running, lifting weights, reading and trying out new recipes. She holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory, a B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University, and a Masters of Music from Rice University.