Suite Sundays (a classical series curated by Dorothy Braker)
Aliento Chamber Players will perform a lush program with lyrical works of Schubert, Shumann and Rachmaninoff, along with the rousing duo for violin and cello by Erwin Schulhoff. Pianist Nicholas Roy is joined by violinist Matthew Liebendorfer and cellist Dorothy Braker in an afternoon of virtuosic and emotional chamber music in the exquisite and intimate setting offered by The Dance Hall.
Dorothy Braker, primarily a soloist and chamber musician, performed extensively across the United States before settling in New Hampshire. As the founder and Artistic Director of Aliento Chamber Players, she has been performing with them since 2008. Dorothy is a gifted video editor and music arranger, performs regularly with Orchestra on the Hill, Lowell Chamber Orchestra, New Hampshire Philharmonic, Portsmouth Pro Musica, and many other orchestras, chorus groups and chamber groups.
Dorothy's studies in cello were with Lois Yopp, Phil Blum, Karl Fruh, culminating at the Juilliard School where she earned master's and bachelor's degrees in music performance, studying with Harvey Shapiro.
Nicholas Roy, pianist, holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Piano Interpretation from McGill University and l’universite de Montreal, and a bachelor of music education from the University of Ottawa. In Montreal, he received coaching from many internationally recognized pianists, including Marc Durand, Jean Saulnier, Louis-Phillippe Pelletier, Marina Mdivani, and Michael McMahon. He is a recipient of the William Chatfield Piano Senior Prize at Bay Chamber Music Festival in Rockport, Maine. In his early years, Nicholas began his musical studies in Edmundston, N.B. with Maureen Pelletier and later at the University of Moncton with Daniel Boulanger. During his formative years, he has won top honours in various music festivals in New Brunswick including the Restigouche Festival in Campbelton, N.B., and the CMC music competitions in St. John and Moncton. Currently, Nicholas organizes and executes a 4-concert chamber music series at the Musee Historique et Culturelle du Madawaska in Edmundston, New Brunswick. His primary aim is to feature local, talented, and seasoned artists.
Matthew Liebendorfer is a Boston-area violinist and violist with a special love for chamber music. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory, he's appeared on many stages throughout New England as a string quartet- and piano trio-violinist. Matthew plays numerous concerts per year in several of Massachusetts' professional choral and orchestral ensembles, as well. Each summer for the past dozen years in the Finger Lakes region of New York (and now southern New Hampshire), Matthew has directed the highly regarded summer chamber music-reading festival, "Heaven", a week-long foray into playing all possible things related to string and piano chamber music.
$20 advance | $25 day-of
*fees not included