Violinist and cellist perform in chamber concerts

Violinist Katie Lansdale and cellist Darrett Adkins, from the internationally acclaimed Lions Gate Trio, will perform two chamber music concerts on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. there will be a performance for young listeners and musicians (grade 2 and up) and at 3 p.m., the Winter Concert. At both concerts the duo will perform “String Theory: Solo and Duo Music for Violin and Cello.” The program will include Sonata No. 2 in A Minor by J.S. Bach, Figment No. 1 for solo cello by Eliott Carter and Duo for Violin and Cello by Maurice Ravel. At the performance for young listeners there will be readings from music students interspersed with the music. Both concerts will be held in the Memorial Room of the Main Library, 1080 Old Post Road. Registration is requested due to limited seating.

Violinist Katie Lansdale has been widely lauded as both a chamber musician and a soloist, performing in both South America and Europe, and on numerous American concert series. She has won Grand Prizes at the Fischoff and Yellow Springs national chamber competitions. In New York, where she founded the acclaimed Locrian new music group, Lansdale’s extensive chamber music concerts have ranged from Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center with Yo Yo Ma to Merkin Hall with the Twentieth Centuryists. Particularly widely acclaimed for performances of solo Bach, Lansdale has performed the complete cycle over a dozen times in North and South America. A graduate of Yale, she was awarded prizes in both the arts and humanities, and earned graduate music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music. She teaches at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

Cellist Darrett Adkins enjoys a great breadth of musical activity as a soloist and chamber musician and is known for bridging established tradition and the avant-garde with a repertoire from the classical cannon to the contemporary. As ‘Cellist of Honor’ at the Rio de Janeiro International Cello Encounter, he gave master classes, recitals and concerto performances. Winner of the 2004 Cultural Arts Grant from the American Scandinavian Society, he has performed many Norwegian works and with Norwegian musicians. Adkins has taught cello and chamber music since 1995 at the Juilliard School, since 2003 at Oberlin Conservatory, and since 2003 at the Aspen Music Festival. He received degrees from Oberlin, Juilliard and Rice University.

The Library is fortunate to host Soundwaves concerts twice a year through the generosity of the Friends of the Fairfield Public Library. The Friends graciously underwrite the concerts, as well as the reception that follows, providing an opportunity for the audience to meet the artists and enjoy some light refreshments.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free. To register, or for more information on this and other programs, visit us online at: www.fairfieldpubliclibrary.org or call 203-256-3160. Follow the Fairfield Public Library on Twitter: www.twitter.com/fairfieldpublib and Facebook: www.facebook.com/fairfieldlibrary.

Cellist Darrett Adkins and violinist Katie Lansdale.

Cellist Darrett Adkins and violinist Katie Lansdale.

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