Faculty & Friends Concert Celebrates J.S. Bach

March 18, 2014

UNC Charlotte Department of Music faculty David Russell, Anne R. Belk Distinguished Professor of Violin, and Mira Frisch, associate professor of cello, welcome guest artists to perform an evening of music by J.S. Bach, including Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 6. The concert, part of the Department of Music’s Faculty & Friends Concert Series, takes place Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 pm in the Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall.

Joining an ensemble of music faculty and two UNC Charlotte violin students are local musicians Tanja Bechtler (cello), Rachel Rudoi (violin, Charlotte Symphony) and Eric Thompson (bass), as well as special guests from Cleveland, Miami, and Winston-Salem’s UNC School of the Arts.

Tickets are $9 for general admission; $7 for seniors and UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and alumni; and $6 for all students and can be purchased online or by phone at 704-687-1849.


Viola da Gamba Suite #1 in G Major, BWV 1027
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1014
Brandenburg Concerto #6
Air from Orchestral Suite #3
Brandenburg Concerto #3

Special Guest Artists

Violist Sheila Browne has concertized in many of the world's major halls as soloist, chamber musician, and as principal of several orchestras, including the Juilliard, Mainz, Freiburg, German-French, and Madrid's Queen Sofia chamber orchestras; the Kiev Philharmonic; and the New World Symphony.  She has performed extensively at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Schauspielhaus Berlin, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall, and Buenos Aires’ Teatro Colon, as well as the major halls of Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, Paris, Mexico, Australia, China, and Hong Kong.

Also an active recitalist, she has given concerts and outreach performances across North America, Europe and Australia. The only viola solo finalist at Carnegie Hall in the 2004 Pro Musicis International Solo Awards, she also has been a member of the internationally prize-winning Arianna and Gotham string quartets. 

Ms. Browne has worked closely with many living composers and has premiered many contemporary composers’ works, several of which have been recorded. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Ms. Browne taught at the universities of Missouri and Tennessee before joining the faculty of the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts, and has also recently joined the faculty of New York University. She serves on the executive board of the American Viola Society.

Elizabeth DeMio is well-known as a collaborative pianist, recitalist, and soloist in the Cleveland area. Besides appearing in over 100 concerts annually with local aspiring musicians, she performs frequently with renowned soloists and has appeared in tours and given master classes throughout the U.S., Korea, Mexico, and the Carribean. 

In 2008 she was the pianist for two finalists in the Naumberg International Cello Competition, resulting in her Carnegie Hall debut and subsequent U.S. tour with first place winner David Requiro, with whom she has recorded the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano. She performs often as a soloist with the Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, having performed twenty Mozart concerti and the five Beethoven concerti, among many others.  Donald Rosenberg of the Cleveland Plain Dealer called her "a superb interpreter of Mozart," when she appeared as soloist with the Blue Water Chamber Orchestra in 2012. She has also appeared as soloist for the Orquesta Sinfonica de Veracruz and the Orquesta de la UNAM in Mexico.

As a recording artist she can be heard on Crystal, Yaffe and Azica labels, most recently on the debut album "Cantando" with Cleveland Orchestra principal trombonist Massimo La Rosa. DeMio is on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music in the collaborative piano department. She is a collaborative pianist for the Stulberg International String Competition, the Stephen Geber Master Classes at Hidden Valley, the Cooper Competitions for Strings and Piano, and the John Mack Oboe Camp.

Richard Fleischman has been principal violist of the Santa Fe Opera since 1999, after serving in the same position in 1990 and 1996.  Violist of the Delray String Quartet since 2006, he is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony, performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and was guest principal violist of the Hong Kong Philharmonic for several years. 

Mr. Fleischman has received numerous honors in his 25-year career, most notably the Windsor Prize, personally awarded to him by Leonard Bernstein, and the Edward Steuermann Memorial Prize, the highest award bestowed by The Juilliard School.  A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, he has appeared as viola and viola d’amore soloist with orchestras such as the Miami Symphony, Colorado Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.  Since 1996, he has been professor of viola at Miami’s New World School of the Arts.

WDAV 89.9 is a media sponsor of the UNC Charlotte Faculty & Friends Concert Series.