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DateConcertDescription
10/22/2017 6:30:00 PMMarina Brubaker - violin / Patti Wolf - piano There are no musicians more fitting to start the season which will contain our 100th concert than Marina Brubaker and Patti Wolf. Both have performed with us before, but their unique distinction is that they were the first professional musicians to perform in the Cutler Recital Hall. This is what led to the Woodlands Salon Series holding its second and all but one other concerts in the hall. ……………………………………………………………….… Marina is a first violinist in the Houston Symphony and comes from a very musical family. Her father was a violist and conductor. Her mother, sister and brother are orchestra musicians. We once held a Brubaker concert featuring Marina along with her sister and brother with her mother in the audience. ……………………………………………………………….… Since being selected at age nineteen as the youngest competitor in the prestigious 1985 Van Cliburn Competition, Patti Wolf has been in demand as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, playing with many of the world’s most distinguished artists. Patti was a pianist for the Rice Shepherd School of Music for many years until she relocated to St. Louis. She now lives in Austin teaching colaborative piano at UT. ……………………………………………………………….… Since this concert is on a Sunday, we will be starting one hour earlier than normal; appetizers and wine being served at 6:30 and the concert starting a bit after 7:00.
12/3/2017 6:30:00 PMCho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin - violin / Jon Kimura Parker - piano This concert brings together two internationally touring concert musicians performing a set of Beethoven Violin / Piano Sonatas. Each has performed separately with the Woodlands Salon Series. It is going to be a real treat having them here together. ……………………………………………………………… Violinist Cho-Liang (Jimmy) Lin's concert engagements reflect his wide-ranging musical activities. Performing on several continents, he appears as soloist with orchestras of Detroit, Toronto, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, San Diego and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; in Europe with the Bergen Philharmonic, Stockholm Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, and the English Chamber Orchestra; and in Asia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, Malaysia Philharmonic, and Bangkok Symphony. In recent seasons, Mr. Lin has expanded his orchestral engagements to include performances as both soloist and conductor and continues as Music Director of La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest. He was invited to join the faculty of the Juilliard School in 1991. More recently he was appointed professor of violin at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. He plays the 1715 "Titian" Stradivarius. ……………………………………………………………… Who could forget our 10th anniversary, 50th concert spectacular with two pianos and 4 pianists pulled together by Jon Kimura (Jackie) Parker? Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, pianist Jon Kimura Parker has performed as guest soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Wolfgang Sawallisch in Carnegie Hall, toured Europe with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Andre Previn, and shared the stage with Jessye Norman at Berlin’s Philharmonie. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian honor. A committed educator, Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. His students have won international piano competitions, performed with major orchestras across the U.S., and given recitals in Amsterdam, Beijing, New York and Moscow. ………………………………………………………………… Since this concert is on a Sunday, we will be starting one hour earlier than normal; appetizers and wine being served at 6:30 and the concert starting a bit after 7:00.
1/19/2018 7:30:00 PMFidelis Quartet + Piano Rodica Gonzalez and the Fidelis Quartet are back to bring us another great program. We have heard them perform Schubert's "Death and the Maiden" string quartet and Dvorak's piano quintet (both of which they subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall) as well as the Schumann piano quintet. ……………………………………………………………… Rodica holds a very dear position with the Woodlands Salon Series as her trio performed the first salon concert held in the music room. For this concert, Fidelis is bringing pianist Ilgin Aka to perform some of Chamber Music's most melodic repertoire - the piano quintet. ………………………………………………………………… This concert is on a Friday. Appetizers and wine will be served at 7:30 and the concert will start a bit after 8:00.
3/4/2018 6:30:00 PMWilliam VerMeulen - horn w/faculty & students from Rice Shepherd School For our sixth year in a row, we are having a concert comprised of faculty and students of Rice's Shepherd School of Music. These concerts are always a delight as the extremely talented Shepherd School students have the energy and enthusiam that fills the room. The faculty are not just highly accomplished musicians, they have great communication skills not only for the students, but for the audience as well. The perfect complement for a Salon Concert. ………………………………………………………………… This year the program is being pulled together by Salon Series favorite William VerMeulen, Professor of Horn and will include students and professors from the Rice University Shepherd School of Music. ………………………………………………………………… Since this concert is on a Sunday, we will be starting one hour earlier than normal; appetizers and wine being served at 6:30 and the concert starting a bit after 7:00.
4/6/2018 7:30:00 PMDesmond Hoebig - cello / Scott Cuellar - piano Cellist Desmond Hoebig has been the principle cello for the Cleveland, Houston and Cincinnati Orchestras and is now Professor of Cello for Rice's Shepherd School. Mr. Hoebig has been a soloist with many prominent orchestras in North America, including; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. His international orchestral engagements have been in Germany, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Mexico and Columbia. ………………………………………………………………… Pianist Scott Cuellar is a doctoral student of Jon Kimura Parker at Rice's Shepherd School of Music with a very extensive touring and concert schedule. He has given solo recitals at major venues around the world, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and Bösendorfersaal, the Newport Music Festival and the Shenyang Conservatory of Music. Mr. Cuellar won the gold medal at the 2016 San Antonio International Piano Competition. He also received SAIPC awards for the best performance of a Romantic work (Schumann’s Humoreske) and a Russian work (Prokofiev’s 4th Sonata). ………………………………………………………………… This is a Friday evening concert starting at our normal time; appetizers and wine being served at 7:30 and the concert starting a bit after 8:00.
5/6/2018 6:30:00 PM100th Concert Celebration w/ Eric Halen, Scott Holshouser and others This is going to be a very special concert for us as it is our 100th concert celebration. ………………………………………………………………… Following a tradition which has lasted over a decade, we conclude the 2017-2018 season with our favorite pair of musicians; Eric Halen (Co-Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony) and Scott Holshouser (Principal Keyboard of the Houston Symphony). Eric and Scott's recitals at the Woodlands Salon Series have consistently drawn some of our largest audiences. ………………………………………………………………… But as this is our 100th concert, we are going bigger. Eric and Scott will be joined by some other musicians to provide a concert designed for this special moment. ………………………………………………………………… Since this concert is on a Sunday, we will be starting one hour earlier than normal; appetizers and wine being served at 6:30 and the concert starting a bit after 7:00.