The Bryan Cultural Series brings the music of Beethoven, Grieg, Shostakovich and other composers to Southern Shores, Duck, Manteo, and Buxton as part of its Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series.
The 1-hour performances are free and open to the public.
The series begins with a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, performance at All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Trail, Southern Shores.
Performers include cellist Jake Fowler, who also serves as music director; Luke Fleming on viola; violinists Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide and Katie Hyun; and pianist Amanda Halstead.
The performance includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, op. 16,” and Amy Beach’s “Piano Quintet in F-sharp Minor, op. 67.”
On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Fowler, Fleming, Coulter Vonderheide, and Hyun perform at 6:30 p.m. at the Town of Duck Amphitheater, 1200 Duck Road.
The quintet heads south to Hatteras Island on Thursday, Aug. 22, for a 7 p.m. performance at Cape Hatteras Secondary School, 48576 NC-12, Buxton.
The final performance is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Dare County Arts Council, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., on the Manteo waterfront in downtown Manteo.
The performances in Duck, Buxton, and Manteo will include Dmitri Shostakovich’s “String Quartet No. 1 in C Major, Op. 49,” and Edvard Grieg’s “String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 2.”
About the performers
- Cellist Jake Fowler, who in 2015 helped found the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series, earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; and the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. He has received fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in northern Germany. As a tenured member of the Virginia Symphony, he performed regularly throughout Hampton Roads as a soloist and chamber musician, working with the Norfolk Chamber Consort and the Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company. He also was a founding member of the New Commonwealth String Quartet.
- Violist Luke Fleming is artistic director of both the Manhattan Chamber Players — a New York City-based chamber music collective — and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival. He has served on the faculties of the Renova Music Festival, Innsbrook Institute, Festival del Lago, and Houston ChamberFest, and Fei Tian College. In addition, he is Lecturer-in-Residence for the concert series Project: Music Heals Us. Fleming earned a Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Master of Music from the Juilliard School, a Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music in London, and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Louisiana State University. He has performed at the Marlboro Music School and Festival, Perlman Music Program, the Norfolk and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals, the Melbourne Festival, Bravo!Vail, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, and Festival Mozaic. Formerly the violist of the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet, he has served as Artist-in-Residence for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and received the National Federation of Music Clubs Centennial Chamber Music Award. He was awarded First Prize at the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and top prizes at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
- Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide earned a Master of Music in the Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Glenn Dicterow, former Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. While in New York, she appeared as a soloist both with the Claremont Ensemble and in a live broadcast on Soundcheck with John Schaeffer on 93.9 WNYC FM, and performed regularly with Dicappo Opera and the Kalaiope Quartet. She is a regular performer on the Organ Swell Recital Series in Hampton Roads, and the Midday Music Recital Series in Lynchburg. She is a founding member of both Outer Banks Chamber Music, and The New Commonwealth Quartet. In 2003, Coulter Vonderheide joined the Virginia Symphony as assistant principal second violin. She has been a regular substitute with the St. Louis Symphony since 2008, performing with the symphony for both their Opera Season and their 2015 Carnegie Hall tour. She performed as a member of the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic; The Sarasota Orchestra; the orchestras of the Spoleto, Italy Festival, the American Institute of Musical Study (Graz, Austria), the Crested Butte Music Festival, The Colorado Music Festival, the Wintergreen Music Festival, and the Conducting Institute at Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. She has soloed with the Virginia Symphony, the Lynchburg Symphony and the National Repertory Orchestra. In January 2019, she toured Japan with the Hollywood Concert Orchestra.
- A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, Katie Hyun has made solo appearances with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Columbia Festival Orchestra, among others. On Baroque violin, Hyun has recorded and frequently appears with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Sebastians, and New York Baroque Incorporated. She is the founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra that debuted to great acclaim in 2008. She earned an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she studied baroque violin with Robert Mealy, and modern violin with Ani Kavafian. She holds a Master’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Pamela Frank, Ani Kavafian, and Philip Setzer. She also studied with Aaron Rosand and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree.
- Amanda Halstead received her D.M.A and M.M. in piano performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and B.M. in piano performance from Rice University. She performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist in the Washington D.C. area, and performs frequently with ensembles, including the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. Her performances are heard on series such as the Millennium Stage, the Church of the Epiphany Concert Series, the Virginia Arts Festival, and Levine Presents. Because of her interests in promoting contemporary music, every season Dr. Halstead joins the John Duffy Institute, a symposium dedicated to promoting and performing new operas by living composers. Her exploration of new music has also influenced her discovery of music by women composers. This past season, Dr. Halstead directed and performed a recital at Levine Music featuring a program of American women composers Amy Beach, Libby Larsen, Jennifer Higdon, Lera Auerbach, and Undine Smith Moore.
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