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VIRTUAL Midday Concert @ 1:00 w/ Quartet of Strings; Luke Fatora, violin; Colin Wheatley, viola; Josie Davis, violin and Sophie Davis, violin
Mon, Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Click here to watch the concert on Feb. 22 at 1pm.
(Concert is available until Mar. 1 at 1pm.)
ELLSWORTH – Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) continues its series of Virtual Midday Concerts @ 1:00 on February 22. The concert will be performed by a Quartet of Strings; Luke Fatora, violin; Colin Wheatley, viola; Josie Davis, violin and Sophie Davis, violin.
The public may access the pre-recorded concert at 1:00pm on February 22 via Facebook, ECMI’s website or by a link sent via email. This concert continues a series of virtual concerts sponsored by Ellsworth Community Music Institute (ECMI) with funding from the Onion Foundation. Admission is free to the public and each concert is recorded especially for ECMI’s audience.
From Beethoven to Bob Marley, the quartet will perform a suite of pieces spanning centuries and genres. Click here to download a printable program.
Future virtual concerts in the series will be shared at 1:00pm on March 8 – Silver Duo; Noreen Silver, cello and Phillip Silver, piano and on April 12 – John Blacklow, piano.
For more information, please call 207-664-9258 or email: email@example.com. Virtual admission is free to the public.
About the musicians:
Colin Wheatley has been teaching violin and viola to students of all ages for 15 years and is currently the Orchestra Director for the Waterville Public Schools. Colin previously taught at East Lyme Middle School in Connecticut and the Rhode Island Philharmonic School. A native of Bellingham Washington, Colin earned his BM in Viola Performance at Oberlin Conservatory studying with Peter Slowik, his MM in Viola Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he was a student of Atar Arad, and his graduate degree in teaching from Oberlin Conservatory. An avid chamber musician, Colin plays with Halcyon String Quartet and has performed for members of the Emerson, Pacifica, Cleveland, Concord, and Takas quartets and for Yo Yo Ma. He has collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Robert Spano, Menahem Pressler, and Jeremy Denk. When not performing and teaching, Colin enjoys spending time outdoors, running marathons, beekeeping, cooking, and traveling.
Josie Davis received her undergraduate degrees in violin and sociology at Oberlin College and Conservatory where she was a student of David Bowlin, and her Ed.M from Harvard University. She has performed in a wide-range of venues from Carnegie Hall to the Monte Music Festival in India and has appeared with her sister on NPR’s From the Top. She actively explores ways to share classical music in new contexts and has performed chamber music with Emanuel Ax in a taco shop, played solo Bach for Chris Thile, and is currently a member of Halcyon String Quartet and Palaver Strings. Her teaching has brought her to Panama, India and Community MusicWorks in Rhode Island where she completed a two-year Fellowship. In past summers, she has studied at the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, Bowdoin International Music Festival and Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival. As a violinist, educator and arts administrator, Josie is interested in how the arts can be used as a form of cultural empowerment to build bridges and strengthen communities.
Hailing from the mountains of Colorado, Luke Fatora, a member of the ECMI faculty, was drawn to the violin after hearing fiddle music in the hills of Appalachia. He has performed in contexts that include fiddling for square dances, improvising with dancers and DJs, and performing contemporary and traditional classical music in the World Financial Center and Carnegie Hall. Also having pursued an interest in conducting, Luke served as the Music Director for the Summit Community Orchestra between completing a B.M. at the Oberlin Conservatory and a M.M. at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He served as a 2017-2019 Musician Fellow at Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI where he taught individuals and coached ensembles while also performing chamber music in experimental and traditional concert series. Luke’s multimedia works pair music with imagery to strive towards making abstract experiences more tangible – they draw inspiration from the ability music and imagery have to communicate what fleetingly escapes language. Works range anywhere from playing with giving imagery to abstract musical representations of landscapes and natural elements to using imagery and music to explore societal drivers of climate change.
Sophie Davis grew up in Maine where she studied violin with Janet Ciano and Gilda Joffe. She later received degrees in violin performance and environmental studies from Oberlin College and Conservatory. Playing and sharing music are integral to Sophie’s creative and professional practice. She has participated in the Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Program, as a soloist with Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, and with her sister on NPR’s From the Top. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, the Monte Music Festival in India, and with the Jordan National Orchestra (JOrchestra) in Amman, Jordan. In 2017, Sophie was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to spend nine months in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa where she explored the ways in which the arts can raise awareness of climate change. In addition to pursuing research, Sophie taught and performed with the National Orchestra of Samoa. Sophie collaborates with musicians throughout New England where she frequently performs with Palaver Strings and Halcyon – a string quartet dedicated to using music and the arts to cultivate environmental stewardship.
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