CASSATT STRING QUARTET
CONDUCTS 11TH ANNUAL “CASSATT IN THE BASIN!” RESIDENCY
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Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Outreach concerts
9:45 – 10:15am - Parks Senior Living, 111 Parks Village Drive, Odessa, TX (Assisted Care Unit)
10:30 – 11:15am - The Parks Plaza, 301 Parks Village Drive, Odessa, TX (Independent Living Building)
The Cassatts play excerpts of Beethoven's String Quartet, Op. 132
Free and open to the public
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - Open rehearsal
The Patrons Gallery of the EllenNoel Art Museum
4090 E. University Blvd., Odessa, TX
6:30-8:30pm - Dan Welcher’s Lone Star Sinfonietta (Triple String Quartet with Cassatts and students)
Free and open to the public
Saturday, February 4, 2017 – Final Concert
Bonham Jr. High Auditorium
2201 E. 21st Steet, Odessa, TX
9:30 – 11:30 am – Dress rehearsal
Noon – Dan Welcher’s Lone Star Sinfonietta (Triple String Quartet with Cassatts and students)
also, the Cassatts play excerpts of Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 132
Free and open to the public
The highly esteemed, New York based Cassatt String Quartet (Muneko Otani, violin, Jennifer Leshnower, violin, Ah Ling Neu, viola and Elizabeth Anderson, cello) will perform its 11th annual residency, Cassatt in the Basin!, January 29 – February 4, 2017. Residencies aim to give Basin area students the opportunity to study with artist teachers, to develop both chamber music and orchestra skills, to develop chamber music audiences of the future, and specifically focus on daily chamber music coachings, as well as lecture demonstrations. This Cassatt in the Basin! residency features Dan Welcher’s Lone Star Sinfonietta, a triple string quartet for the Cassatts and students. Dan Welcher is one of the most renowned composers of his generation, and is on the faculty at UT Austin.
A full residency schedule is posted at www.CassattInTheBasin.net. Videos of Cassatt in the Basin! may be viewed there, as well as on YouTube.
The 11th annual Cassatt in the Basin! residency has received generous support from The Rea Charitable Trust, The Permian Basin Youth Chavarim, The Permian Basin Area Foundation, the Odessa Council for the Arts and Humanities, the Odessa American, Jim’s Big & Tall Men, the orchestra booster clubs of Permian and Odessa High Schools, as well as anonymous contributions.
Jennifer Leshnower, the Cassatt String Quatet’s second violinist, is a graduate of Permian High School and a former member of the Thouvenel String Quartet, formerly in residence with the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale. Jennifer was the principal 2nd violinist with the MOSC from 1991-1994. Ms. Leshnower is also a former student of Dorothy Croft, respected leader in music education and other cultural activities in Odessa. Additionally, Jennifer is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Peabody Conservatory.
Corey Metcalf is the Cassatt in the Basin! residency coordinator, and is the assistant orchestra teacher at Lee High School in Midland. Mr. Metcalf is also a proud alumni of Cassatt in the Basin!
The Cassatt String Quartet was the first quartet chosen for Juilliard’s Young Artists Quartet Program. Since then, they have performed at New York’s Alice Tully Hall, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Theatre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, and the Beijing Central Conservatory in China. At the Library of Congress, the Cassatt performed on the library’s matched quartet of Stradivarius instruments, and they performed the three complete Beethoven Quartet cycles at the University at Buffalo.
The Cassatt has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, Boston’s WGBH, and New York’s WQXR and WNYC. They have 30 recordings, and were named three times to Alex Ross’ 10 best classical recordings of the year in The New Yorker magazine. The quartet is named for the celebrated American impressionist painter Mary Cassatt.
Cassatt members include: Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; and Elizabeth Anderson, cello.
Dan Welcher holds the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Professorship in Composition at the School of Music at UT/Austin, teaching composition and serving as Director of the New Music Ensemble. Born in Rochester, New York in 1948, composer-conductor Welcher has created a body of compositions in almost every imaginable genre including opera, concerto, symphony, vocal literature, piano solos, and various kinds of chamber music. With over one hundred works to his credit, Mr. Welcher is one of the most-played composers of his generation.
First training as a pianist and bassoonist, Dan Welcher earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. He joined the Louisville Orchestra as its Principal Bassoonist in 1972, and remained there until 1978, concurrently teaching composition and theory at the University of Louisville. He joined the Artist Faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 1976, teaching bassoon and composition, and remained there for fourteen years. He accepted a position on the faculty at the University of Texas in 1978, creating the New Music Ensemble there and serving as Assistant Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra from 1980 to 1990. It was in Texas that his career as a conductor began to flourish, and he has led the premieres of more than 120 new works since 1980.
Dan Welcher has won numerous awards and prizes from institutions such as the American Academy of Arts and Letters (Arts and Letters Award in Music, 2012), Guggenheim Foundation (a Fellowship in 1997), National Endowment for the Arts, The Reader's Digest/Lila Wallace Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy, the Ligurian Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy, the American Music Center, and ASCAP. His orchestral music has been performed by more than fifty orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, and the Atlanta Symphony. He lives in Bastrop, Texas, and travels widely to conduct and to teach.