Love Resounding: ARK Trio in Concert
February 21 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pmFREE
During their week-long residency at Macalester, the ARK Trio (soprano Allison Charney, cellist Kajsa William-Olsson, and pianist Reiko Uchida) will perform a concert of works by four living composers.
Michael Ching – Arrangements and Derangements: Interpretations of Schubert
Victoria Malawey – The Patient Beating of the Animal Heart
Kim D. Sherman – A Prairie Diary
Kim D. Sherman – The Laodamiad: A Mythic Journey For Solo Cello
Moshe Knoll – Simplicity
Soprano Allison Charney began her career following the national finals of the Metropolitan Opera Competition with her debut at the New York City Opera. She went on to earn a reputation for her “vocal agility, lush sound and dramatic portrayals” of dozens of leading roles in opera companies across the United States. A champion of music of our times, Ms. Charney has premiered many new works and is featured on the first recording of the Pulitzer Prize nominated oratorio CHOOSE LIFE. Ms. Charney can also be heard in a CD of American songs on the DSC Label and is a founding member of the ARK trio. An active recitalist and master teacher, Ms. Charney is the founder and curator of the NYC concert series, PREformances with Allison Charney and co-creator of the new series Her/Music;Her/Story. Ms. Charney holds a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and two graduate degrees in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Charney lives in New York City with her husband, Adam Epstein and their two sons, Evan and Oliver.
Pianist Reiko Uchida enjoys an active career as a soloist and chamber musician. She performs regularly throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe, in venues including Suntory Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Kennedy Center, and the White House. First prize winner of the Joanna Hodges Piano Competition and Zinetti International Competition, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras and made her New York City solo in 2001 at Weill Hall under the auspices of the Abby Whiteside Foundation. Her recording with Jennifer Koh, “String Poetic” was nominated for a Grammy Award. She is a past member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two and is a founding member of the ARK trio. Ms. Uchida holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, a Master’s degree from the Mannes College of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School, and is currently an associate faculty member at Columbia University.
Swedish cellist Kajsa William-Olsson is frequently heard as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician throughout the world. As a founding member of the VITALIS and the Hanna String Quartets, Ms. William-Olsson has performed extensively throughout Europe. She regularly teaches and performs at the MMCJ Festival in Japan, and appears as a chamber musician in festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, the Sangat Festival in Mumbai and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Ms. William-Olsson is a founding member of the ARK trio. She was the featured soloist in Tan Dun’s Cello Concerto, with the composer conducting, in both Norway and China. Amongst many others, Ms. William-Olsson has collaborated with composer Marc Neikrug, and renowned chamber musicians including Eric Kim, Emanuel Ax, Joyce Yang, and her husband Alan Gilbert. Ms. William-Olsson has been a member of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra since 1996.