Astrid Schween, visiting assistant professor of cello in the Department of Music and Dance, and pianist Gary Hammond will perform in concert on Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. in Bezanson Recital Hall. They will be performing the world premiere of the four-movement “Suite for Cello and Piano,” written by Schween’s husband, composer Gordon Green.
The concert will also include “Grand Tango" by Astor Piazzola, “Sonata for Cello and Piano in E Minor,” Opus 38 by Johannes Brahms and “Dreaming” by Amy Marcy Cheney Beach.
Green wrote the piece for the Schween-Hammond Duo, which has been concertizing regularly in the United States since its formation in 2001. In “Suite,” introductory improvisatory material for the cello in dialogue with the piano is followed by a more unified light-hearted scherzo, a lyrical slow movement and a fast finale. Green is also a painter whose work was on display this summer in the Amherst ArtShow. His recordings include “LightCycles and Other Music for Dancers,” “Arrangements and Variations for Digital Piano” and “Impossible Christmas.” Green has a BA in Music Composition from Vassar College and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, with additional studies at the Berklee, Mannes and Juilliard Schools. His work is supported by the W.K. Rose Fellowship in the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony and the Ragdale Foundation.
Schween has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. As a member of the world-renowned Lark String Quartet since 1989, she performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival and the Beethoven Festival in Moscow. The Lark has garnered numerous international awards, including the Shostakovich Gold Medal and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award. Ms. Schween can be heard on the Arabesque, Decca/Argo, Point, CRI and New World labels. She earned a BM and MM at the Juilliard School and studied with Harvey Shapiro, Leonard Rose, Channing Robbins, Ardyth Alton, Bernard Greenhouse and Jacqueline Du Pre.
Admission is $10 general public, $5 students, senior citizens and children under 18. Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Center Box Office (545-2511).