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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
7:30 PM
Texas Crown Performance Hall
Canadian, Texas


Come and experience an elegant evening of beautiful chamber music as we welcome Chamber Music Amarillo to the Texas Crown Performance Hall.  You will be thrilled at the intimate sounds emanating from Violinist, Kirsten Yon, Cellist, Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes and Pianist, David Palmer.  Click on the "Read More" button to learn more about these local extraordinary classical musicians!



View an informational video about Chamber Music Amarillo and their collaboration with West Texas A&M University below.


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Kirsten YonViolinist Kirsten Yon is currently in residence at the University of Houston where she serves as Associate Professor of Violin. Past engagements include serving as Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Tech University, a position she held for eight years.  A sought-after teacher, performer, and clinician, she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the Cleveland Institute of Music before pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.  During her degrees, Ms. Yon studied with Stephen Shipps, William Preucil, David Updegraff, and Kathleen Winkler.


Additionally, Ms. Yon has worked with Raphael Fliegel, Christopher Teal, and Vaclav Snitil. The winner of multiple competitions, Ms. Yon has been a soloist, concertmaster and performer with numerous professional orchestras across the United States and South America, including the Ann Arbor Symphony, the Cuerdas de Enlace Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Houston Symphony Orchestra.  Concertmaster positions held include the Bayou City Chamber Orchestra, the Rice University Chamber Orchestra, and the Rice Chamber Players.  Ms. Yon was a founding member of the Champlain Trio, the Athena Quartet, and the Archiano Ensemble, and the Karlin Trio, giving concerts and masterclasses throughout the United States and Brazil to critical acclaim.  She attended the Meadowmount School for Strings, where she was the first recipient of the Catherine Tait Memorial Scholarship for Teaching and Outstanding Leadership.


In her initial year at Texas Tech University, she was honored with a Texas Tech University Alumni Association New Faculty Award for her work at the School of Music.  In September of 2010, she was elected to the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, a distinct honor within the university.  Since the beginning of her professional career, students from both her college and pre-college studios have won numerous solo competitions and awards. The former concertmaster of the Caprock Pro Musica Sinfonietta, Ms. Yon also performed for eight years with the Botticelli String Quartet.  Her concert schedules have included sold-out solo and chamber music recitals throughout Texas, New York (Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall), California, Minnesota, Michigan, New Mexico, Brazil, Honduras, Germany, France, and Norway.


In May 2005 the Botticelli String Quartet and violist Korey Konkol premiered a work by composer Peter Fischer at the International Viola Congress, held in Reykjavik, Iceland. She has toured Brazil with the Botticelli String Quartet and pianist Cristina Capparelli Gerling, traveling to Curitiba, Florianopolis, and soloing twice in her career with the Orquestra de Câmara Theatro São Pedro in Porto Alegre (Brazil).  Most recently, Ms. Yon was one of the guest artists at the Fifth and Sixth Annual Nathan Schwartzman String Festival in Uberlandia, Brazil, in October of 2009 and October 2010. A frequent violin clinician, Ms. Yon has given masterclasses at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul and the Universidade Federal do São João del Rey (Brazil) in addition to numerous schools in the United States and Honduras.  She was also a founder and the faculty advisor of Cuerdas de Enlace (String Connection), a pedagogical outreach program with ties to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.


Previously on the faculty at the Interlochen Center for the Arts and at the Texas Tech University Orchestra Camp, Ms. Yon has taught at the International Music Academy in Pilsen, Czech Republic since 2009.  Ms. Yon's debut recording will be released by Centaur Records in 2012, featuring the Ravel and Kodaly violin-cello duos with Jeffrey Lastrapes.  Ms. Yon frequently concertizes with her husband, organist and keyboardist Sigurd Øgaard.

Jeffery Noel LastrapesCellist Jeffrey Noel Lastrapes is a soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and teacher. He has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, and South America. As orchestral soloist, he has appeared with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Baton Rouge Symphony, the Midland-Odessa Symphony, the Ibex Chamber Orchestra of New York, the Lower Marion Symphony of Philadelphia, the Festival Orchestra in Vina del Mar, Chile and numerous others. Appearances at festivals include the Evian Festival in France, the Bellingham Festival, Sevenars Festival, the OK Mozart Festival, the National Cello Congress in Phoenix, Mid-Atlantic Chamber Music Society, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and twice at the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar at the University of Southern California.  In April of 2009, Mr. Lastrapes made his critically acclaimed New York debut at Merkin Concert Hall.  "An excellent cellist with consummate technical mastery, Lastrapes is a seasoned performer whose strong, outgoing personality lets him shape the music on a big canvas with bold colors and contours. His pacing is balanced, his phrasing elegant; with spontaneous, personal expressiveness, he draws the audience in from first note to last."- Edith Eisler New York Concert Review.


Mr. Lastrapes earned his bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he studied under Orlando Cole. He also holds a Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School where he studied under Harvey Shapiro. He has had master classes with such cellists as Rostropovich, Paul Tortelier, Joel Krosnik, Yo Yo Ma, and Lynn Harrell. In 1991, he represented the United States in the International Competition for Violoncello in Chile and won two of the four major prizes. He is also the recipient of the Lighthouse Award for Outstanding Achievement.  As an orchestral musician, Mr. Lastrapes has held principal positions with the Haddonfield Symphony, New Jersey, the Midland-Odessa Symphony in Texas, the Quartz Mountain Music Festival Chamber Orchestra, and since 2005, the associate principal position of the Tulsa Symphony. Mr. Lastrapes has also performed frequently on radio and television including broadcasts over Radio France, WFMT – Chicago, National Public Radio, National Television and Radio of Chile, and three live recitals on WFLN of Philadelphia. He has recorded for New World Records and West Virginia University Press and is releasing a recording of sonatas by Rachmaninoff and Chopin on Centaur Records in spring of 2010.


Teaching has been an important and substantial part of Mr. Lastrapes' career. He is a former faculty member of Oklahoma State University and the Collegiate School (NY). He has served on the Cello and Chamber music faculty of the Interlochen Center for the Arts since 1996 and is Assistant Professor of Cello at Texas Tech University.  Mr. Lastrapes performs on a Francesco Ruggieri cello dated 1684 and a Paul Schuback cello dated 1987.


David PalmerPianist David Palmer has performed throughout the United States and abroad since the early 1990’s, both as soloist and chamber musician. Palmer has performed with such orchestras as the Wichita Symphony, The American Sinfonietta, The Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra, The Amarillo Symphonies’ Randel Chamber Orchestra, The Amarillo Virtuosi and the Arizona State University Orchestra. He has worked with chamber musicians in winter concerts throughout the United States in such locations as New York City, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago and throughout the High Plains region including, Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado.  Palmer has also performed at summer festivals such as Interlochen School for the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival, the Bellingham Festival of Music and the Eastern Music Festival to name a few.


Palmer, who began his studies at the age of four, won first prize in the Young Artist Division of the Kansas Music Teachers’ Association performing the Lynn Freeman-Olsen Piano Concerto, giving him a television debut on PBS. Consequently, he was invited by the composer to perform at the annual convention of the Music Teachers’ National Association in Seattle, Washington. In addition to his performing career, Palmer is the Executive/ Artistic Director and founder of Chamber Music Amarillo in Texas and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival in Oklahoma. Both organizations excel in providing the finest quality performances from the most talented musicians in the High Plains region, the United States and from abroad. Palmer received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Piano Performance at Rice Universities Shepherd School of Music under Robert Roux. His has also coached with Gary Graffman, Garrick Ohlssohn, John Perry, Brian Connelly, Robert Mann and Roberto Diaz among others.


During his tenure at the Bellingham Festival of Music and with the Amarillo Symphony, David worked with Executive Directors Bill Ryberg and Jack Fishman and several additional organizations, including the Amarillo Area Foundation in the study of the non-profit sector and process of running such organizations.  From his work with Chamber Music Amarillo and the Quartz Mountain Music Festival, David has gained extensive knowledge of running a non-profit arts organizations.


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