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Saturday   August 22, 2020 Online   •   8:00 PM

Suite Dreams

Pianists Andrew Russo, Elinor Freer, and Aaron Wunsch join cellists David Ying and Julia Bruskin for a program of dance suites, from the fanciful to the soulful. Hear J.S. Bach's Prelude in G Major for solo cello, followed by movements from Stravinsky’s imaginative Suite Italienne, Milhaud's delightful Scaramouche, and Rachmanino?'s stirring and virtuosic Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos.

Program:

Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite in G Major, BWV 1007
Stravinsky: Selections from Suite Italienne for Cello and Piano
Milhaud: Brazileira from Scaramouche Suite for Two Pianos
Rachmaninoff: Suite for Two Pianos, Op. 17

    



Musicians:

Julia Bruskin
Julia Bruskin
cello
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Julia Bruskin, cello

Since her concerto debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at age 17, Julia Bruskin has established herself as one of the premiere cellists of her generation. She has soloed with conductor Jahja Ling at Avery Fisher Hall as well as with the Nashville, Utah, Virginia, and Pacific Symphonies, among others. She is a frequent guest at summer music festivals, now especially as co-director of the Skaneateles Festival with her husband, Aaron Wunsch. She is also a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. A founding member of the critically acclaimed Claremont Trio, Bruskin has recorded and toured extensively with the group. Their recording for Bridge Records of the Beethoven "Triple" Concerto with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra has received rave reviews. Bruskin teaches at the Juilliard Pre-College.

Performing:
Saturday, August 22

Elinor Freer
Elinor Freer
piano
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Elinor Freer, piano

Elinor Freer has performed as soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Europe, Mexico, and China, including appearances in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Bonn, Prague, Moscow, Beijing, and many other cities. Ms. Freer has been featured as soloist with numerous orchestras and at festivals including Summer Music in Harrisburg, PA, the Festival de Musica de Camera in Mexico, the Bowdoin Music Festival, the Lake Winnipesaukee Music Festival, and Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley. A laureate and prizewinner in such competitions as the Joanna Hodges International Competition and the American Pianists Association, she has held piano fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center and the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute. Committed to bringing classical music to new audiences, she has been awarded multiple grants from the National Endowment for the Arts for various school residencies and outreach performances. Ms. Freer serves on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music and has recorded for Cedille Records.

Performing:
Saturday, August 22

Andrew Russo
Andrew Russo
piano
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Andrew Russo, piano

Andrew Russo is known for the diversity of his interests and experiences in music, business, and politics. He graduated from The Juilliard School, and pursued post-graduate studies in Leipzig and Paris with pianist/alternative pedagogue Frederic Chiu. He spent his early career as an advocate of American composers and American music. He has performed in many of the world's cultural capitals – Paris, London, Moscow, Rome, Brussels, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Buenos Aires, and more. As a finalist in the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, he became the first pianist to perform a significant work using techniques requiring the inside and frame of the piano as well as the keys. The highlight of his recording career was a 2007 Grammy nomination for his Black Box Records release of music by John Corigliano. Currently, Russo is a financial consultant and an adjunct instructor of finance at Le Moyne College. He continues to perform as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician.

Performing:
Saturday, August 22

Aaron  Wunsch
Aaron Wunsch
piano
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Aaron Wunsch, piano

Pianist Aaron Wunsch enjoys a multifaceted career as a performer, presenter, and educator. Lauded for his "masterful" performances (Hartford Courant), he has collaborated in performance with cellist Lynn Harrell, clarinetists Charles Neidich and Anthony McGill, violinists Miranda Cuckson and Jennifer Koh, and the Miró, Jupiter, and Parker Quartets. He has worked with numerous composers, including Thomas Adès, Nico Muhly, and Kaija Saariaho, and makes frequent recital and teaching tours to Asia. A native of Wisconsin, he studied at Yale University, the Mozarteum in Salzburg (Fulbright Fellowship) and at The Juilliard School, and is currently on faculty at Juilliard and Artistic Director of the Music Mondays series in New York City (www.musicmondays.org) and the Skaneateles Festival (www.skanfest.org). www.aaronwunsch.com.

Performing:
Saturday, August 22

David Ying
David Ying
cello
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David Ying, cello

In addition to his more familiar role as cellist of the Ying Quartet, David Ying also performs solo concerts. He has appeared as soloist with such orchestras as the Oakland East-Bay Symphony, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the String Orchestra of the Rockies, and the Rochester Chamber Orchestra. His awards as a solo cellist include prizes in the Naumburg International Cello Competition and in the Washington International Competition. A dedicated and active teacher, he has taught at Interlochen, the Brevard Music Center, Harvard University, and Northwestern University and is presently on the chamber music and cello faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester.

Performing:
Saturday, August 22