Cellist Astrid Schween, the newest faculty member in the Department of Music and Dance, will participate in her own welcoming event Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. Current and retired faculty members who perform on piano and string instruments -- Marylou Churchill, violin; Kathryn Lockwood, viola; Salvatore Macchia, contrabass; and Estela Olevsky and Nadine Shank, piano— will join Schween in a concert of sonatas by Paul Hindemith and Serge Prokofiev.
Schween, who is visiting assistant professor of cello, is a member of the Lark String Quartet which received two prestigious prizes, the 1991 Shostakovich Gold Medal and the 1990 Naumberg Chamber Music Award. Now the department has half of the quartet on its faculty as Kathryn Lockwood is the Lark’s violist.
With the Lark, Schween has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and London’s Wigmore Hall; on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers’ Series; and at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany and the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. She performs regularly with pianist Gary Hammond as the Schween-Hammond Duo, and with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City and on tour throughout the world. Recently, Schween appeared as a concerto soloist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and with the orchestras of the University of the South, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Cleveland Institute of Music and Ohio University. She is a juror/panelist for competitions at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, Concert Artists Guild, Chamber Music America and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters’ Conference. Schween is a member of the faculty at the Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, the School for Strings, the New York Youth Symphony and the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. She can be heard on the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, Point, CRI and New World labels.
Tickets to the concert are $10 general public and $5 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 545-2511, or at the door.