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Cellist Sophie Shao Captivates – The Middlebury Campus added by sophieshao on 30 Jul 2018 tag | report
Cellist Sophie Shao Captivates By Monique Santoso March 7, 2018 In the Robison Hall at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts on Wednesday Feb. 28, a burgeoning audience waited impatiently for cellist Sophie Shao and her extraordinarily talented friends. Shao’s group, comprised of violinists Nikki Chooi and Carmit Zori, violist Paul Neubauer and pianist Orion Weiss, took the stage with their respective instruments as the hall applauded.
SHORE Mythic Gardens. Ruin & Memory | added by sophieshao on 24 May 2017 tag | report
He may be best known as having written scores for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, and those for almost all of David Cronenberg’s films, but Howard Shore (b1946) also has a sizeable output of works for the stage (notably his opera The Fly) and concert hall. Two of his recent concertos feature on this disc – both confirming that, whether in terms of formal concision or expressive understatement, Shore is a composer for whom less is more. Ruin & Memory (2010) was written for Lang Lang, who takes on this first performance with his customary fluidity and flair. These qualities are central to a piece whose starting point was the life and musical ethos of Chopin, as reflected in its late-Classical orchestration and an emotional restraint that, in the central Largo, suggests pathos more Mozartian than Chopinesque. A pity that the finale (hardly taken Prestissimo as marked) ends with so juddering a final chord, but it does act as catalyst for the thunderous applause which ensues.
AllMusic Review by James Manheim added by sophieshao on 24 May 2017 tag | report
Marketing materials bill this Sony release as containing "two concerti in celebration of Chopin's music" by Howard Shore, best known for the soundtrack to The Lord of the Rings films. Actually, only the opening Ruin & Memory concerto for piano and orchestra, played by Lang Lang, had that aim; the cello concerto Mythic Gardens, performed by cellist Sophie Shao, was inspired by Italian gardens, but is provided as a companion work to the piano concerto. Both works are successful, the cello concerto perhaps even a trifle more so. Shore's tonal world is that of Chopin, but Chopin never wrote music like this. Chopin's piano concertos were early works, structurally (although not melodically) rudimentary. Shore's treatment of the orchestra is that of a film composer, and that collides in interesting ways with the concerto concept: the solo instruments rarely take the stage alone, but are backed by shifting groups of instruments that create quite subtle shades (and the performers are ably backe
Chamber Music Society - Sophie Shao added by sophieshao on 30 Jan 2017 tag | report » Two Concerti added by sophieshao on 27 Jan 2017 tag | report
LEGENDARY COMPOSER HOWARD SHORE CELEBRATES THE MUSIC OF CHOPIN WITH THE RELEASE OF ‘TWO CONCERTI’ RUIN & MEMORY WITH PIANIST LANG LANG MYTHIC GARDENS WITH CELLIST SOPHIE SHAO RELEASED FEBRUARY 17, 2017 Pre-Order now from: World-renowned for his many award-winning film scores including “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”, Howard Shore’s latest album “Two Concerti” shows that his immense compositional talents light up not only the cinema screen but the classical concert stage as well. Released on February 17, the album presents two specially commissioned works dedicated to the music of Frédéric Chopin – the piano concerto Ruin & Memory – performed by renowned pianist Lang Lang; and the cello concerto Mythic Gardens performed by award-winning cellist Sophie Shao.
Performing Arts Spotlight: Cellist Sophie Shao | The Midd... added by sophieshao on 9 Dec 2016 tag | report
Cellist Sophie Shao returns for her ninth consecutive appearance on the Middlebury College Performing Arts Series at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Shao is always an audience favorite, and she must have an endless supply of supremely talented colleagues, because she brings along a different group of virtuosic friends each year. This year, it will be violinist Jennifer Frautschi, violist Dimitri Murrath and pianist Gloria Chien. Their concert program will include three grand classical works: Beethoven’s String Trio in C Minor, Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2 and Dvorák’s second piano quartet. This is music to soothe the soul, to stir the heart and the brain and to help you destress as you enter finals week.
Brent's Arts Picks: Frog Hollow artists, Sophie Shao added by sophieshao on 9 Dec 2016 tag | report
3 p.m. Sunday, cellist Sophie Shao returns for her ninth-consecutive Middlebury College Performing Arts Series appearance, joined by violinist Jennifer Frautschi, violist Dimitri Murrath and pianist Gloria Chien, Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts. $6-$25. 443-6433,
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