Event Type: Concert: Piano Quartets
Event Date: 11-11-12 at 3 P.M.
Location: Mount Vernon Music Hall
402 Leftwich St. at Yates
Mount Vernon, Texas 75457
Contact: Mark Miller at 903-563-3780 or
Music for piano and strings by Felix Mendelssohn and Gabriel Fauré will be showcased in a concert at Mount Vernon Music Hall on Sunday, November 11 at 3 P.M., 402 Leftwich St. at Yates in Mt. Vernon. Pianist Joel Schoenhals, cellist Jeffrey Hood, violist Ute Miller and violinist Mark Miller will present Mendelssohn’s sparkling piano quartet Op. 2 in F minor, written when the composer was barely 14 years old. They will also perform the popular Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor by French late Romantic master Fauré.
Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $15 for non-members, and $5 for college students with valid ID. Children’s admission through high school is free (8th grade and younger must be accompanied by an adult ticketholder). Memberships in MVM start at $25 and are good for the entire season from June 1 through May 31. For more information call Mount Vernon Music at 903-563-3780, or visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.
Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For more information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.
Joel Schoenhals is Associate Professor of Piano at Eastern Michigan University. An active performer and recording artist, Schoenhals has received praise for his recordings of Bartók’s For Children and Lieder of Schubert Transcribed for Piano by Franz Liszt on Fleur de Son Classics. The American Record Guide said of his Bartók “Schoenhals embraces the Hungarian idiom completely,” and about his recording of Liszt “Seek this one out and find one of the greatest releases of the year. Now if someone would only help me to close my jaw, hung open by the second track. Only then can I return to mundane existence.” Fanfare writes “Schoenhals is passionate . . . impetuous . . . radiant. There’s abundant pleasure to be found here.” He can also be heard on Fleur de Son Classics’ Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Petrouchka for Two Pianos; Trios by Mozart, Schumann and Bruch; and Moment Musicaux by Schubert and Rachmaninoff. He has most recently recorded Schubert and Schumann and Fantasies and is working on a recording of Chinese folk music.
A dedicated teacher, Schoenhals is active in local and state chapters of Music Teachers National Association and presented lecture-recitals at MTNA national conventions in Kansas City and Austin. He was a featured artist, judge, and teacher at the Besparmak International Piano Festival in North Cyprus and in 2009 performed concerts in China and South America.
Schoenhals holds a Master of Music, Doctoral of Musical Arts, and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he was a student and teaching assistant of Rebecca Penneys. He earned his undergraduate degree in piano performance at Vanderbilt University, studying with Craig Nies and Enid Katahn. From 1998-2010, he was a faculty member of the Summer Piano Program at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Schoenhals is a Steinway Artist. Visit his website at http://www.joelschoenhals.com.
Jeffrey Hood, from Portage, Michigan, began playing the cello at the age of 2 with a toy guitar and a chopstick for a bow, and began real cello lessons a year later. He joined the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in 2011. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, he received a Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and a Masters Degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Primary teachers include Steven Doane, Stephen Geber and Crispin Campbell. He spent two years as a fellow with the New World Symphony, and was a member of the Canton Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and at festivals including Verbier, Tanglewood, Sarasota, Spoleto USA, and Meadowmount.