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laura usiskin ¡ cello Doctor of Musical Arts Recital

Music of Beethoven, Carter, Britten, Prokofiev, and Chopin Morse Recital Hall • Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8 pm

Robert Blocker, Dean

Doctor of Musical Arts Recital

laura usiskin · cello September 12, 2013 • Morse Recital Hall • with Katsura Tanikawa, piano

Ludwig van Beethoven 1770—1827

7 Variations on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen,” WoO46

Elliott Carter 1908—2012

Figment (1994)

Benjamin Britten 1913—1976

Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 65 I. Dialogo II. Scherzo – pizzicato III. Elegia IV. Marcia V. Moto Perpetuo


Sergei Prokofiev 1891–1953

Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 119 I. Andante grave – Moderato animato II. Moderato – Andante dolce III. Allegro, ma non troppo

Frédéric Chopin 1810–1849

Polonaise brillante in C major, Op. 3

As a courtesy to the performers and audience, turn off cell phones and pagers. Please do not leave the hall during selections. Photography or recording of any kind is prohibited.

Laura Usiskin • cello

Laura Usiskin’s musical interests span early Baroque to twenty-first century music and solo to orchestral playing. She has premiered dozens of works, commissioned works in her name, and performed with many new music ensembles, including Ensemble Pamplemousse, the BangOn-A-Can All Stars, and the Axiom Ensemble. In addition, she has participated in many early music ensembles, including the Yale Baroque Ensemble, the American Baroque Orchestra, and the gamba consort, Temperaments. Ms. Usiskin’s solo, chamber, and orchestral performing has taken her throughout the United States and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Palazzo Chigi Saracini in Siena, Italy; Boston’s Symphony Hall, and New York venues including Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall, Zankel Hall, Merkin Hall, Miller Theatre, Barge Music, Steinway Hall, Klavierhaus, the French Consulate, and many others. Recent performances include Dvorák’s Cello Concerto and Takemitsu’s Orion and Pleiades with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra and performances of the complete Bach Cello Suites in New Haven, CT and Los Angeles, CA. Her

orchestral abilities have been recognized throughout her career, with appointments in the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent and proudest accomplishment is founding and directing the Montgomery Music Project, a nonprofit organization that provides intensive string music instruction to underserved children in Montgomery, AL. In two years, the program has served more than 100 students in the region. For more information, visit Ms. Usiskin’s cello studies began at age five with Gilda Barston of the Music Institute of Chicago and continued with Richard Hirschl of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She graduated from Columbia University cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior and from the Juilliard School with a Master of Music in Cello Performance, where she studied with Fred Sherry. Laura studied at the Yale School of Music with Aldo Parisot, where she finished her doctoral coursework in 2009.

This performance is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

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Robert Blocker, Dean

Laura Usiskin, cello  

DOCTOR OF MUSICAL ARTS RECITAL Beethoven: 7 Variations on 'Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen', WoO46 Elliott Carter: Figment (1994) Britte...