Event Type:Concert: Ludwig’s Genius
Event Date:9-22-18 at 7:30 p.m.
Location:Mount Vernon Music Hall
402 Yates St.
Mount Vernon, Texas 75457
Contact:Mark Miller (903) 563-3780
Mount Vernon Music hosts pianist Evan Mitchell on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. in a concert of music by Beethoven and Austrian composer Josef Labor. Titled “Ludwig’s Genius,” the program pairs Labor’s Quintet for piano and strings with Beethoven’s storied Piano Concerto No. 4. The audience will relive the birth of this ground-breaking masterpiece which amazed listeners when it was first heard. MVM promises a delightful experience quite unlike the first performance over 200 years ago. According to MVM trustee Ute Miller, “That took place in freezing cold and lasted close to five hours, but the audience in climate-controlled MVM Hall will probably not want the concert to end.”
Tickets are $10 for MVM members, $20 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 support all the organization’s work, including scholarships for young musicians and outreach work for schools and seniors. Memberships are good for the year June 1 through May 31, and members receive discounts on ticket pricing. Details can be found at MVM’s website.
Mount VernonMusic is a 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2005 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit www.mountvernonmusic.org.
Praised for his “impassioned and vigorous” playing (Pianomania), pianist Evan Mitchell has established himself as a bold and versatile artist. His richly varied schedule of over 50 appearances per year includes solo recitals, concerti, chamber music, outreach, and orchestral keyboard work. His performances have been deemed “incredibly beautiful” (Fanfare), “amazing” (Fort Worth Weekly), and “no less than stunning” (Lima News). Evan’s new recording of world premieres with bassist Szymon Marciniak is earning rave reviews; most recently, Bass World called their performances “intoxicating,” deeming this “a seminal recording.” He is also featured on the 2012 release “Piano de Pampa y Jungla: A Collection of Latin American Piano Music.”
Evan’s performances have been heard in New York’s Steinway Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, in ten countries on four continents, and broadcast on WFMT (Chicago), WFHB (Bloomington), Classic FM 94.7 (Shanghai), and televised in North Texas. Recent highlights include debuts for the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts (Chicago), at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), and at several major venues in Shanghai. Evan has soloed in concerti with such ensembles as the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchetra, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Sherman Symphony Orchestra; worked with conductors including Jaap van Zweden, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Case Scaglione, Darryl One, Crafton Beck, and Richard McKay; and collaborated in recital with major artists including clarinetists Corrado Giuffredi and Michael Webster, flutist Leone Buyse, double bassist Gary Karr, plus members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the symphony orchestras of Cleveland and Rio de Janeiro (OSB). The 2016-17 season finds Evan opening the Sherman Symphony Orchestra season in October (Brahms, Concerto No. 2), playing everything from Bach and Beethoven to Stravinsky, Piazzolla, and klezmer on the Mount Vernon Music chamber series, and much more.
A passionate and articulate advocate for the arts, Evan looks constantly for ways to reach new audiences, and to inspire in others a love for music. The Texas Commission on the Arts recently named Evan to its Texas Touring Roster, a program that provides grants to nonprofit presenters in order to fund performances by the state’s finest musicians, poets, visual artists, and more. This season, Evan returns for a fifth year as a featured artist for Cliburn in the Classroom®, the signature educational outreach program of the Cliburn, which exposes more than 30,000 public school students annually to classical music and for which he has given more than 150 performances. Other performance affiliations include Avant Chamber Ballet and DFW-based Open Classical, whose motto – “Music that’s dressed down, not dumbed down” – summarizes a mission to present classical music in less formal, unconventional spaces. Evan’s enthusiasm for the music of our time is reflected in recent world premieres of works by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Frank Proto, Shang Lu, and Stacy Garrop, several of which have been recorded and released commercially.
Among other honors, Evan has captured first prize in the Kingsville International Young Performers Competition, Five Towns Competition, PianoTexas International Festival Concerto Competition, and the Twelfth Annual Competition in the Performance of Music from Spain and Latin America, in which he was also awarded the Jacques Klein Prize for Best Performance of a Brazilian Solo Piano Work. He won Fifth Prize at the 2012 World Piano Competition, and has received additional recognition in the Schmidbauer International Young Artists Competition, Music Teachers National Association Competition, and the BNDES International Piano Competition. Evan won a special audience award in the final concert of the 2009 PianoFest series (Freiburg, Germany), and was featured in the Rising Stars concert of the 2008 Toronto Summer Music Festival. Most recently, he gave a recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City as a quarterfinalist in the Honens International Piano Competition.
A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Evan holds degrees from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and is currently completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (May 2017) at Texas Christian University, where he studies with John Owings. His principal teachers have included Arnaldo Cohen and the late José Feghali, and he has worked with numerous artist-teachers including Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky, Barry Douglas, and Ann Schein. Evan also recently joined the faculty of Tarrant County College.
Dr. Jack Unzicker, Assistant Professor of Double Bass at the University of Texas at Arlington, is an active educator, orchestral and chamber musician, and soloist. In addition to heading the double bass studio, Dr. Unzicker has also taught Music History, Music Literature, Music in Film, Beginning and Advanced String Music Education, Ear Training, and Music Appreciation at the University of Texas at Arlington. Previously, he has served on the faculties of Texas Tech University, Tarleton State University, Texas Woman’s University, North Texas Double Bass Camps, and Hong Kong Youth Music Camp. He has performed, adjudicated, and presented at the International Society of Bassists, American String Teachers Association, and Texas Music Educators Association Conventions and is featured in articles on playing and teaching the double bass in The Strad and Strings Magazine.
Dr. Unzicker is currently the principal double bassist of the Dallas Chamber Symphony and Plano Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as principal of the AIMS Festival Orchestra (Graz, Austria), Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Dallas Wind Symphony, Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Classical Ballet. He also performs regularly with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and Dallas Opera. Dr. Unzicker is an ardent and sought after chamber musician, performing with Amici di Corde San Marco, Caminos Del Inka, Chamber Music Festival Saugatuck, Gyros String Quintet, Orqesta Divertimento (Costa Rica), and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Dr. Unzicker’s recent concerto performances include three seminal works of Giovanni Bottesini, Concerto No. 2 in B Minor, Passione Amorose,and the Gran Duo Concertante.
Dr. Unzicker received his DMA and MM from the University of North Texas and BMus from Western Washington University.
Cellist Elizabeth White is a founding member of the Cézanne Quartet and an alumna of Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Andrés Diaz and Christopher Adkins. Highlights of her career include performances at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Aronson Cello Festival, the Clandeboye Festival, the Music in the Mountains Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Texas Christian University CelloFest, and with the Meadows Virtuosi Players and Meadows Symphony Orchestra.
Elizabeth made her solo debut with the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, and performed Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major with the Meadows Chamber Orchestra. In December 2016 she recorded works by Mendelssohn, Bartók, and Kevin Puts with the Cézanne Quartet, to be released in Fall 2018. Elizabeth was a President’s Scholar at Southern Methodist University and an Emerson Scholar at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
Ute Miller is theprincipal violist of the East Texas Symphony, performs frequently with the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist with the East Texas Symphony Orchestra. A founder and the Treasurer of Mount Vernon Music Association, Ute performs with her husband Mark in the violin-viola ensemble Duo Renard, which was brought to Texas with a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residencies chamber music grant. She also produces the Color of Sound series at Texas A&M Commerce, where she was Artist-in-Residence. Ute’s musical studies include the prestigious Konzertexamen diploma from the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, and a year at Boston University as a student of Raphael Hillyer. In addition to playing with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, she served for seven years as assistant principal violist of the Gürzenich Orchester/Cologne Philharmonic, and for eight years as principal violist of the Dallas Opera Orchestra. She maintains a private studio in Dallas.
A native of Nara, Japan, Yuko Mansell began playing the violin at age of three, and has been giving performances across North America and Japan. She holds both her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in violin performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where she studied under renowned violinists Henryk Kowalski, Ik-hwan Bae, Koichiro Harada, and Federico Agostini, as well as with Stanley Ritchie on Baroque violin. She is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in violin performance at the University of North Texas under guidance of Julia Bushkova. As an avid teacher, she maintains a large studio in Plano, TX, and performs with several ensembles across the Dallas – Fort Worth vicinity.
Besides serving as concertmaster of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, violinist Mark Miller performs with the Fort Worth Symphony and other North Texas ensembles. He is a founder and president of Mount Vernon Music Association, and co-presents the chamber series “The Color of Sound” at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where for eleven years he taught and performed as an Artist-in-Residence with his wife, violist Ute Miller, and the ensemble Duo Renard. Their recordings can be found on the MSR and Fleur de Son labels. Following studies at SUNY Purchase, Indiana University - Bloomington and Boston University, Mark studied with Jürgen Kussmaul in Germany, where he was assistant concertmaster in the Robert Schumann Kammerorchester of Düsseldorf and a member of the Orchester der Beethovenhalle Bonn.