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Evan Shelton holds a cello performance degree from Colorado State University, where he studied under Barbara Theim. Now a graduate student at the University of Denver, he is focusing on Suzuki cello methods with teacher Carol Tarr, as well as continuing his solo studies with Richard Slavich. Shelton is currently the cellist in the ANEA string quartet, the acting cello studio graduate assistant at the University of Denver, and on staff as a cello instructor at the Colorado College. Yale Work, 22, started piano lessons at age seven. He studied with Crystal Lee in Boulder between the ages of 11 and 17, and since 2002, he has won numerous competitions and soloed with several orchestras. He graduated from The Juilliard School in May 2012, having studied with Matti Raekallio.
This recital will feature the Debussy cello sonata, a late impressionistic masterpiece that explores a vast palette of sounds and extended technique. The sonata is a clear example of Debussy’s colorful and exotic style and is commonly regarded as one of the finest compositions written for the instrument. Following the Debussy will be Bach’s unaccompanied Suite No. 2 in D minor. Bach’s unaccompanied suites for the cello are a testament to his undoubted mastery of composition as he perfectly blends melody, harmony, and intimacy.
Following intermission, Anne Wilson’s “Lament (in memory of Matthew Shepard)” will be presented. The final piece will be the Shostakovich Cello Sonata in D minor. One of his early works, this sonata blends impressionistic brilliance with some 20th century atonality. This four-movement work explores the beauty, pain, irony, and anger of a young man living in Soviet Russia.
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