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VIRTUAL Midday Concert @ 1:00 w/violinist Robert Anemone and pianist Choo Choo Hu
Dec 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) welcomes concert lovers back with a new series of Virtual Midday Concerts @ 1:00 starting December 28. The first concert will be performed by violinist Robert Anemone and pianist Choo Choo Hu, pre-recorded especially for ECMI’s audience. The public may access the concert at 1:00pm on December 28 via Facebook, ECMI’s website or by a link sent via email. This concert kicks off a series of virtual concerts sponsored by Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) with funding through the Onion Foundation. Admission is free to the public.
ECMI is offering this new virtual concert series through May 2021 in lieu of live concerts. ECMI’s Executive Artistic Director, Nancy Colter shared, “With the generous support of the Onion Foundation, we are able to welcome back our music community and safely share the music of accomplished professional musicians from Maine, Indiana, Atlanta and New York City. ” She continued, “It is exciting to know ECMI’s audience will be the first to listen to each special performance!”
The program on December 28 will include works by Beethoven, Boulanger and Szymanowski. Click here to download a full program.
Violinist Robert Anemone has been praised for his “complete command, beautiful sound, and firmness without anxiety.” First prize winner of the 2015 Hudson Valley Philharmonic Strings Competition, the 2013-14 New England Conservatory Violin Competition, and the 2007 Concord Young Artist Competition, he has appeared as a soloist with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Concord Symphony, University of Evansville Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonia, and others, as well as in recital in the United States and Europe. Robert is currently a member of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Previous orchestral positions include first violinist with the North Carolina Symphony, Concertmaster of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Principal Second Violin of the Portland Symphony, and appearances as guest concertmaster with Indianapolis Opera and Orchestra Kentucky. Robert is a former member of the Larchmere and Eykamp String Quartets, and during the summer of 2019 he served as acting second violinist of the Jasper String Quartet. Robert received his training at the New England Conservatory (BM 2012, MM 2014), where he was a recipient of the Dorothy J. Bales ’41 Violin Scholarship and was awarded the 2014 Gunther Schuller medal for outstanding graduate study.
Choo Choo Hu has performed all across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. Recent solo engagements include appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, the Spokane Symphony, and the Atlanta Philharmonic. She frequently collaborates with the Atlanta Symphony as an orchestral pianist, and with the Atlanta Opera as music staff/repetiteur. Her solo and chamber music performances have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, WYPR in Baltimore, and WABE in Atlanta. Choo Choo is a founding member of ensemble vim, a new music collective dedicated to bringing multidisciplinary performances of underrepresented living composers to underserved communities. She has been on the piano faculty of the Lovett Conservatory of Music since 2018. Choo Choo graduated from the Peabody Institute where she studied with Leon Fleisher and Brian Ganz. Ask about her dog Oscar, or about her dreams of someday opening a chamber music festival/farming co-op somewhere in the mountains.
Future virtual concerts in the series will be shared at 1:00pm on January 25 – Noree Chamber Soloists; Yi Qun Xu, cello and Yoon Lee, piano with guests Stella Chen, violin and Zoë Martin-Doike, violin | February 22 – Quartet of Strings; Luke Fatora, violin; Colin Wheatley, viola; Josie Davis, violin and Sophie Davis, violin | March 8 – Silver Duo; Noreen Silver, cello and Phillip Silver, piano and April 12 – John Blacklow, piano.
For more information, please call 207-664-9258 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Virtual admission is free to the public.
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