Byran Cultural Series offers free concerts Aug. 21-24

The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series presents its free Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series Aug. 21-24 at four concert locations throughout the Outer Banks.

The Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series presents its Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series Aug. 21-24 at four concert locations throughout the Outer Banks.

The free performances, which feature five acclaimed musicians from around the country,are as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 21:

  • 7: 30 p.m., All Saints Episcopal Church, 40 Pintail Trail, Southern Shores

Wednesday Aug. 22:

  • 6:30 p.m., Town of Duck Amphitheatre, 1200 Duck Road, Duck

Thursday, Aug. 23:

  • 7 p.m., Cape Hatteras Secondary School, 48576 NC-12, Buxton

Friday, Aug. 24:

  • 7 p.m., Dare County Arts Council Gallery, 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave., Manteo

“The series will feature chamber music performed by a piano quintet or string quartet depending on the venue and program,” said John Tucker, chairman of the Bryan Cultural Series. “Last year’s performances were extremely successful, so you do not want to miss this summer fun.”

Cellist Jacob Fowler

Fowler holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and the Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. As a chamber musician, he has participated in several acclaimed chamber music festivals. In August 2014, Fowler was requested as a last minute fill-in for the Masterwork Series at Barge Music in Brooklyn and has since returned for several programs. Since arriving in Virginia, Fowler has worked many times with Norfolk Chamber Consort, performing with pianist Andrey Kasparov and is a faculty member of the Hampton Roads Chamber Players. As a soloist, Mr. Fowler was soloist with the Shepherd School of Music Percussion Ensemble.

As an orchestral musician, Fowler has received fellowships from the Tanglewood Music Center, where he worked with top-ranked conductors from around the world. He has also received a fellowship from the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (2011), and served as principal cellist under Christoph Eschenbach performing in Istanbul, Spain, Austria, and throughout Germany. He has been invited on several international tours. As a principal cellist of the Manhattan Symphonie, he has performed on many political and cultural tours of China, performing in almost every major city in the country. Since joining the Virginia Symphony in 2010, Fowler has also performed regularly with the Williamsburg Symphonia and Richmond Symphony.

Pianist Amanda Halstead

Halstead is an active soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist in the Washington D.C. area. She performs with the Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Twenty-first Century Consort, and the Virginia Chamber Orchestra. Recent concert series appearances include the Church of the Epiphany Concert Series, Virginia Arts Festival, and Smithfield Chamber Music Series. Upon invitation, she performed as piano soloist with dancers from the Suzanne Farrell ballet company on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. An advocate of contemporary works, Halstead actively supports performances of new music. She performed as resident pianist for eight seasons at the John Duffy Institute, a symposium dedicated to promoting and performing new operatic works. Last season, she premiered American composer Libby Larsen’s Four on the Floor for Piano and String Orchestra with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to performing, Halstead is a dedicated teacher in the studio and the classroom. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters of Music degree as a full scholarship student at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Violinist Elizabeth Coulter Vonderheide

Vonderheide studied with Dr. Svend Ronning at the University of Virginia while in high school, and earned the Bachelor of Music from The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in the studio of the late Franco Gulli, Distinguished Professor of Violin. While in Indiana, Vonderheide held contracts with the Camerata Orchestra, the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky, and the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. She earned the Master of Music in the prestigious Orchestral Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Glenn Dicterow, Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic. While in New York she served as Concertmaster of both the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonia and Chamber Orchestras, appeared as a soloist both with the Claremont Ensemble and in a live broadcast on Soundcheck with John Schaeffer on 93.9 WNYC FM.

Vonderheide won the job of Assistant Principal Second Violin with the Virginia Symphony in 2003, and since then has also played a season as Acting Principal Second. Since 2008, she has been a regular substitute with the St. Louis Symphony, and has joined them for both their Opera Season and their Carnegie Hall tour. She has soloed with the Virginia Symphony, the Lynchburg Symphony, and the National Repertory Orchestra. She has performed as a member of the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic, and as a member of orchestras in Europe and the U.S.

Violinist Katie Hyun

A winner of Astral’s 2016 National Auditions, violinist Katie Hyun has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Columbia Festival Orchestra, among others. She has also been featured as concerto soloist with South Korea’s Busan Sinfonietta and Incheon Philharmonic. She has appeared in numerous festivals, including the Chelsea Music Festival, Bravo! Vail, Chamber Music Northwest Winter Festival, Bright Sheng’s “The Intimacy of Creativity” festival in Hong Kong, and the “New York in Chuncheon” and Busan Chamber Music festivals, both in South Korea. On Baroque violin, Ms. Hyun has recorded and frequently appears with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Sebastians, and New York Baroque Incorporated.

Hyun is the founder and director of Quodlibet Ensemble, a small chamber orchestra that debuted to great acclaim in 2008. The Ensemble has since performed at the Shepherd Music Series in Collinsville, the Yale British Arts Center, and at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. Quodlibet Ensemble made its New York debut in March 2016, followed by an appearance at Rockefeller University. In the spring of 2014, the ensemble released its debut album.

Hyun was also a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet, which won the Concert Artists’ Guild Management in 2011, and a spot on the roster of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two Program. The quartet’s debut CD was also featured among The New York Times ’ “Best of 2015.” The ASQ has performed in Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., and at Chamber Music Northwest, La Jolla Music Society’s SummerFest, the OK Mozart International Music Festival, the Chautauqua Institution, and the Caramoor Summer Music Festival. The quartet has collaborated with such eminent artists as the Tokyo String Quartet, Ani Kavafian, David Shifrin, Carter Brey, Edgar Meyer, Michala Petri, James Dunham, and Deborah Hoffman.

Hyun received 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.

Violist Luke Fleming

Fleming has appeared at the Marlboro Music School and Festival, the Steans Institute at Ravinia, Perlman Music Program, the Norfolk and Great Lakes Chamber Music Festivals, the Melbourne Festival, Bravo!Vail, and Festival Mozaic, and concerts and residencies across North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

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.

In 2015, Fleming became the Founding Artistic Director of both the Manhattan Chamber Players, a New York-based chamber music collective, and the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival, a mission/outreach-centric festival held annually in his hometown, New Orleans. Fleming has been featured on “Live from Marlboro,” a CD release on the Archiv Music label, and his recordings with the Attacca Quartet on Azica Records were released to widespread critical acclaim. He has performed as a guest artist with the Pacifica, Solera, Serafin, and Canterbury Quartets, the Eroica Trio, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Sejong Soloists, Ensemble Connect, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the New York Classical Players, and has given masterclasses at UCLA, Louisiana State University, Ithaca College, Columbus State University, Syracuse University, Melbourne University, and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, among others. He has served on the faculties of the Innsbrook Institute, Renova Music Festival, Festival del Lago, and Houston ChamberFest, and Fei Tian College, writes frequently for Strings Magazine, and is Lecturer-in-Residence for the concert series Project: Music Heals Us.

Fleming holds the degrees of 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.


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