Orchestra Concert to Include Faculty Soloists

The Asbury University Orchestra
The Asbury University Orchestra

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University will feature its two string faculty members, Dr. Jo Nardolillo and Dr. Clyde Beavers, in the Asbury University Orchestra’s inaugural concert of the 2011-12 season on Oct. 18, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. The one-hour concert will be held in Hughes Auditorium and is free and open to the public.

The Asbury University Orchestra, directed by Dr. Ronald Holz, will accompany Nardolillo in the virtuosic Carmen Fantasy by Pablo de Sarasate, a work based on well-known excerpts from Georges Bizet’s famous opera. Dr. Beavers will join Nardolillo on an equally challenging piece, the Passacaglia in G Minor by G. F. Handel, adapted by Halvorsen and scored for string orchestra by Nardolillo.

The orchestra’s contributions include Beethoven’s overture The Creatures of Prometheus, Tchaikovsky’s melancholic Chanson Triste, and Chabrier’s Habanera, the latter providing an interesting contrast to Bizet’s Habanera from Carmen featured in the Violin solo.

“Asbury will delight in world-class artistry of our two string faculty, Drs. Jo Nardolillo on violin and Clyde Beavers on cello, when they feature with our orchestra,” said Holz, who is also a professor of music literature/instrumental music at Asbury. “They promise an emotion-filled performance of consummate musicianship and dazzling technique.”

The orchestra concert also launches the first Asbury String Fellowship, a two-day clinic for high school junior and senior orchestral string players and pianists. In addition to the concert Tuesday evening, the students will perform Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Akers Auditorium with the faculty Piano Trio, Asbury Collegium and Orchestra Strings.

Dr. Jo Nardolillo, adjunct professor of violin and viola at Asbury University, performs actively throughout the United States and in Europe. Nardolillo’s recent performances include concertos with the St. Petersburg State Symphony in Russia, the Olympia Chamber Orchestra, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. She has performed for a sold-out Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center and Seattle’s Benaroya Hall, as well as given recital tours of North America, Ireland and Russia. Nardolillo earned degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, and the Eastman School of Music, where she was Mikhail Kopelman’s teaching assistant. Nardolillo has taught at the Eastman School of Music, Rice University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the University of Puget Sound, and the University of Rochester. She served as Assistant Professor of Music at Mercer University, where she was named 2007-2008 Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Nardolillo plays on a 1791 Johannes Cuypers violin, a 1991 John Newton viola, and a 2009 Bradivarius fiddle.

Dr. Clyde Beavers, professor of cello at Asbury University, is a graduate of The Juilliard School, receiving the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees under the tutelage of renowned cellist Harvey Shapiro. He received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Kentucky. Beavers resides in Lexington, Ky., where he is Adjunct Professor of violoncello at Asbury University and Transylvania University and serves as Assistant Principal cellist of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1997, with the encouragement and assistance of several people, he founded the one-week summer music camp Festival of Strings and has been co-director until the present date. He has recorded Marcel Dupré's Sonata in A minor, Op. 60 for cello and organ, the Trio, Op. 55 for violin, cello and organ and the Quartet, Op. 52 for violin, viola, cello and organ on the Naxos label. Beavers performs on a cello by the American maker, Timothy J. Jansma. In addition to his work in music, he enjoys growing, showing and hybridizing roses.

For further information, contact the Asbury University Music Department at (859) 858-3511, ext. 2250, or email Ronald.Holz@asbury.edu.

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