Upper Valley Music Center Faculty Showcase


The Upper Valley Music Center announces the annual Faculty Showcase concert, demonstrating the breadth of musical talent among those teaching at our community music school. Proceeds from the performance benefit UVMC’s Tuition Assistance program, which last year provided more than $15,000 to music students young and old. The Upper Valley Music Center is dedicated to making music education affordable for all, and our faculty demonstrate their commitment by donating their time to this annual benefit concert. A reception follows the performance. Highlights of this year’s showcase concert include: • Jennifer Turbes, viola instructor at UVMC, will perform Johan Kvandal’s Quintet for Hardanger Fiddle and String Quartet, along with a quartet of UVMC strings teachers. Turbes performed the piece last summer with the Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota. The hardanger fiddle is a Norwegian folk instrument with nine strings, five sympathetic and four bowed, and this quintet is one of the few classical, complex works composed for the instrument. • Those who missed soprano Julie Ness singing Joni Mitchell’s Blue album at recent Upper Valley performances will get a chance to hear her sing, accompanied again by Tristan Bellerive on guitar. • UVMC Executive Director Ben Van Vliet, violin, will perform a duet with Alex Hurd, baritone, movement two of David Liptak’s “Under the Resurrection Psalm.” The piece is comprised of songs based on poetry, and movement two features “Canary” by Rita Dove. • Sarah Brown, new to UVMC’s piano faculty this year and an ordained pastor with performance degrees from Morehead State, Vanderbilt, and Boston University, will perform a prelude from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier. She will also perform a Spanish piece, Nana and Canción from Manuel de Falla's Suite Populaire Esapgnole (arr. Maréchal), with UVMC’s cello instructor Ben Kulp. The Upper Valley Music Center is a non-profit community music school based in Lebanon, NH, serving more than 1,000 students a year from across the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire. UVMC’s expert faculty work with beginning through advanced students and teach programs designed for ages birth through adulthood. Founded in 1995, UVMC’s programs have expanded to include early childhood music, Suzuki and traditional lessons on a variety of instruments, group classes, and ensemble opportunities. UVMC hosts more than 50 student, faculty, and guest artist performances throughout the year, offers music camps during the summer, and sponsors the Upper Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Juneberry Community Chorus. For more information about UVMC visit www.uvmusic.org or call (603) 448-1642. Performer Bios: found at http://www.uvmusic.org/faculty.html