Date: For Immediate Release
Phone: 518-771-3340
Contact: Brian Keeler

Debussy and Ravel at The Stissing Center

Pine Plains, NY:  The Stissing Center is proud to announce 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 the 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 the previous LIVE! concerts. You’ll want to wear headphones or ear-pods when tuning in.

The event will live-stream this Saturday, August 8 at 4:30 pm on The Stissing Center’s website, CLICK HEREand on their Facebook page, CLICK HERE. The concert will also be available on The Stissing Center’s website after it is live-streamed. There is no charge for viewing this event, though donations are encouraged.

“We are thrilled to have these amazing musicians perform at The Stissing Center,” said Executive Director, Brian Keeler. “We are proud that they have chosen to share their talent with you via the live-stream format from right here in Pine Plains.”

Curator/Music Director Shuhui (Sophia) Zhou has, once again, gathered great talents to create another stunning evening of music. “Mari and Mihai are amazing and it is a treat to join them for this evening of beautiful music,”  Zhou said. “The selections from Debussy and Ravel soar from their instruments. This will be special.”

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.

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.

The Stissing Center would like to acknowledge the sponsors of
Live! From The Stissing Center!

Belinda and Stephen Kaye
Irene and Jack Banning
Sally and Stephen Clement
Lillian Pyne-Corbin
Wendy Curtis
Kathleen and Gonzalo De las Heras
Juliet Heyer
Lois Mander
Martha and Michael Nesbitt
Jennifer and Erik Oken
Jane and David Parshall
Pamela Scott
Sarah and David Stack
Peter Tcherepnine
Helen and Peter Warwick

The Stissing Center is a DBA of Pine Plains Memorial Hall, Inc. (PPMH), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization based in Pine Plains, New York.