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The Music of Debussy and Ravel

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The Stissing Center is proud to present another fresh approach to the marriage of chamber music and video with a live-streamed evening of Debussy and Ravel presented by violinist, Mari Lee, Cellist, Mihai Marica and pianist, Shuhui Zhou. This is the third entry in the their series, LIVE! from The Stissing Center! and it promises to be another example of live-stream format deconstruction under the direction of J Henry Fair. Added to the mix of the stunning musicianship of these accomplished players and Mr. Fair’s photographic eye, is the recording talent of Ryan McCullough who has captured the amazing acoustics of The Stissing Center for their previous concerts. You’ll want to wear headphones or ear-pods when you tune in on Below to enjoy this wonderful event.

This performance is a sneak peek of Salon Séance’s newest program, Debussy in Persona. Salon Séance is a concert with incidental theatre. An interdisciplinary collaboration of musicians, historians, playwrights, directors, and actors, Salon Séance brings composers’ spirits back to life. Debussy in Persona explores the conflict between Debussy the composer and Debussy the man. His music is loved by many for its sonic beauty exemplified in his famous Claire de Lune. But as a person, it was a different story. Salon Séance addresses this amazing dichotomy.

The Program

Debussy Sonata for Cello and Piano (1915)
Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano (1917)
Ravel Sonata for Violin and Cello (1920-22)

The Artists

Mari Lee is an artist dedicated to engaging her audience by instilling curiosity for music. A violinist and entrepreneur, she aims to bridge the gap between audiences, performers, and composers.

Praised as “extremely impressive” by the Strad Magazine, Mari has performed internationally at the Wigmore Hall, Philharmonie de Paris, and Carnegie Hall, as well as at renowned festivals including Ravinia, Verbier, and Marlboro.

Exemplifying her strong interest in interdisciplinary art, Mari co-founded Salon Séance, an organization that presents concerts with incidental theatre. Salon Séance has won multiple awards including Tarisio’s Young Artists Grants and the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Britten Award.

Born in Japan in 1990, Mari entered the Yehudi Menuhin School at the age of 11 where she studied with Natasha Boyarsky. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the New England Conservatory of Music with honors under the tutelage of Miriam Fried, where she was the recipient of Irene M. Stare Presidential Scholarship. She earned her Master’s degree at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Nora Chastain. From 2016-2018, Mari was a Fellow of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect (formerly Ensemble ACJW).

Mari plays on 1863 Jean-Baptiste Villaume.

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Romanian-born cellist Mihai Marica is a First Prize winner of the “Dr. Luis Sigall” International Competition in Viña del Mar, Chile and the Irving M. Klein International Competition, and is a recipient of Charlotte White’s Salon de Virtuosi Fellowship Grant. He has performed with orchestras such as the Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Xalapa Symphony in Mexico, the Hermitage State Orchestra of St. Petersburg in Russia, the Jardins Musicaux Festival Orchestra in Switzerland, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Santa Cruz Symphony in the US.

A dedicated chamber musician, he has performed at the Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, and Aspen music festivals where he has collaborated with such artists as Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, David Shifrin, André Watts, and Edgar Meyer.

He was a founding member of the award-winning Amphion String Quartet and is currently the cellist of the acclaimed Apollo Trio.

Mihai studied with Gabriela Todor in his native Romania and with Aldo Parisot at the Yale School of Music where he was awarded master’s and artist diploma degrees. He is an alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two).

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A native of Shanghai, New York-based pianist Shuhui (Sophia) Zhou has been performing as a soloist and chamber musician internationally in the USA, Europe and China. She is the winner of the V BPA International Piano Award of Barcelona, engaged for 5 solo recitals across Spain. Her recent concert appearances include the Royal Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Carnegie Weill Concert Hall, National Sawdust (New York City), Kennedy Centre (Washington D.C.), Shanghai Concert Hall, National Library of Catalonia (Barcelona), etc. She has collaborated  with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera House.

Ms. Zhou holds a Master of Music degree and Professional Studies Diploma from Mannes College of Music, Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) and Bachelor of Arts (German Literature) from Oberlin College. She continued her piano studies with Jan Jiracek von Arnim in University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as well as musicology with Dr. Morten Solvic, renowned Mahler scholar. In spring 2020, Ms. Zhou finished the piano fellowship program in Bard College Conservatory, NY, working with graduate singers under the tutelage of Stephanie Blythe.

For The Stissing Center

J Henry Fair, visual artist

J Henry Fair is an American photographer, environmental activist, and co-founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York. Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he currently lives and works in New York City.

With his photos, Fair has called attention to environmental and political problems in different regions of the world. Fair has had touring photography exhibits in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Additionally, he travels around the world, giving environmental symposia to teach audiences about consumer responsibility and environmental awareness. Fair’s work has been published in The New York Times and magazines National GeographicVanity FairTIME, and New York and featured on European Television networks like Arte, and TTT, and American programs like Today and Marketplace, television and radio, respectively.

Fair’s second book, “Industrial Scars: The Hidden Costs of Consumption” published by Papadakis, brings our attentions to the tragic effects created by human impact on our planet. At first, his photographs are mesmerizingly beautiful: taken at bird’s eye perspective from a small plane, their shapes, colors and details give them an aesthetic quality that entrance and capture the imagination, yet concern and horror creep in on the realization of the true reality of the subject.

Ryan McCullough, audio engineer

Windowpane Audio, founded in 2015 by pianist and composer Ryan McCullough, is a Kingston-based audio engineering firm specializing in Classical music and field/location recording, mixing and mastering, and audio equipment modifications for discerning ears.

WPA has recorded for Albany and PARMA labels, and will be making inaugural releases in 2020 through its own in-house label, “False Azure,” featuring piano music by American composer Dante De Silva.

McCullough trained as a pianist at the Colburn Conservatory and Glenn Gould School with renowned pedagogue John Perry, and holds additional degrees in music from Humboldt State University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University.

Mr. McCullough most recently appeared with his wife, Lucy Fitz Gibbon, LIVE! from The Stissing Center! concert, Out of Silence.


Special Thanks

Piano ~ Vincitore’s Pianos, Poughkeepsie
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