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MP3 John Michel, cello; Ken Nafziger & cond.; Shenandoah Bach Festival Orchestra - Shostakovich Cello Concerto #1

One of the most famous modern concertos for cello.

3 MP3 Songs in this album (31:47) !
Related styles: CLASSICAL: Twentieth Century, CLASSICAL: Concerto

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This recording is a live recording (with some editing) of a summer concert of the summer of 1999. It represents a special collaboration between cellist John Michel, conductor Ken Nafziger and the Shenandoah Bach Festival.

John Michel, cello professor at Central Washington University, enjoys his career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher.

In addition to regular solo recitals, he has performed the Shostakovich #1, Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn D & C, Tchaikovsky Rococo, Maria Newman, Saint Saëns, Vivaldi E minor, Brahms Double and Beethoven Triple Concertos with various orchestras. More recent appearances were with R. Joseph Scott and the Sammamish Symphony, Ryan Heller and the Southwest Washington Orchestra, Paul-Elliot Cobbs and the Everett Symphony, and Nik Caoile and the Central Washington University Symphony.

In double concert series, Mr. Michel has performed all of the six Bach Cello Suites for memory, and regularly appears in the Seattle Bach Suite Marathon.

In 2001, he was one of seven guest artists featured at the First Kobe International Cello Festival in Japan. In addition to a solo recital and masterclass, he performed in grand cello choir concert with 750 other cellists from around the world. At the World Cello Congress III, he premiered the new Solo Cello Sonata “Othmar” by composer Maria Newman. He has published recordings onto CD and for digital distribution including the Dvorak Cello Concerto, Shostakovich Cello Concert #1, Bach Suites G & C, Maria Newman Solo Sonata and numerous live recordings.

Mr. Michel is a member of the Kairos String Quartet, which holds an endowed professorship as the resident ensemble of Central Washington University. For the past fourteen years the Kairos Quartet has been regularly performing and teaching throughout the Northwest. Their last east coast tour included concerts in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and a live appearance on Philadelphia’s WFLN radio. The Kairos Quartet has recorded the "Birthday of the Infanta" CD featuring works of Kairos violinist Maria Newman on the Raptoria Caam label. He was also the cellist of the CWU "Rainier" Piano Trio that has toured throughout the Northwest.

He is the founder and former director of the Internet Cello Society, a cyber-community of cellists, that shares the knowledge and joy of cello playing with enthusiasts from around the globe. Currently the 12000 ICS members represent 84 different countries.

During the summers, Mr. Michel performs and teaches at the Kairos Chamber Music Festival & Lyceum and the Laughing Horse Youth Orchestra Festival. He also was faculty at Marrowstone and Icicle Creek music festivals. He has given masterclasses for the Banff International Orchestra Festivals; Olympia, Icicle Creek and Tacoma Youth Symphony organizations; the Seattle Cello Society and the Interlochen Arts Camp. He helped develop the "String Pedagogy Reference" website which includes videos of fundamental exercises and activities for string instruction. The American String Teacher Association, Washington chapter, named him Outstanding College String Teacher in 1996.

His formal training includes Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Michigan and the New England Conservatory. Bernard Greenhouse of the Beaux Arts Trio, Jeffrey Solow, Stefan Popov, Ned Johnson, John Lenz and Susan Ladley were his main teachers.

He is married to Kairos violinist Carrie Rehkopf, and father of three lively, younger boys.

KENNETH NAFZIGER, artistic director and conductor, is professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Oregon, and was a post-doctoral conducting student with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany.

At EMU his teaching responsibilities include the EMU Chamber Singers, courses in conducting, interdisciplinary humanities studies, the honors program, and world music. Mr. Nafziger is also music director and conductor of the chamber choir Voce in Reston, Va., and the chamber choir Winchester Musica Viva in Winchester, Va.

He is also an active musician in Cuba, having visited the island eleven times where he has worked with many of Cuba’s premier orchestral and choral ensembles. Nafziger’s work in Cuba has included major guest conducting appearances with leading orchestras and choirs, teaching master classes in a variety of musical topics, and participating with musical colleagues there in a number of joint projects.

This spring, he led EMU''s Chamber Singers on a 10-day concert tour of the southeast United States. The current year included a retrospective of 90 years of music at EMU, the co-leadership for a fourth summer of a workshop on resources for peace-builders at the Unitarian-Universalist retreat center at Highlands, N.C., and a variety of workshops across the U.S.

Active in very wide musical circles, Mr. Nafziger was a founding member of the board of directors for the Milestone Learning Center, Highlands, N.C., and an honorary member of the board of directors for Melodious Accord, Inc., New York. He is the co-author with Marlene Kropf of the book, Singing: a Mennonite Voice, and was music editor of Hymnal: A Worship Book [1992], and editor of its Accompaniment Handbook [1993]. He was a member of the committee that published Sing the Journey [2005] and Sing the Story [2007], and produced two CD recordings of hymns from each collection.

He is active in the US and Canada as a guest conductor, workshop leader and clinician.

The SHENANDOAH VALLEY BACH FESTIVAL, also formerly known as the Shenandoah Bach Festival, is a week-long summer music festival devoted to promoting an appreciation and understanding of the music of Bach and a featured composer, country, era or people. The festival takes place on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Three featured concerts, daily noon concerts, open rehearsals, and a Sunday Leipzig service infuse the Valley with an unequaled musical richness.

The orchestra includes fine professional instrumentalists from all over the country who travel to Harrisonburg each June for one week of intense rehearsals and vibrant performances.

The volunteer Festival Choir allows community vocalists, who may be amateurs or professionals, to sing the most celebrated works of the orchestral-choral repertoire. The quality of the choir is first-rate and represents a blending of singers involved in a variety of local choral programs. This music festival has come to represent artistic excellence in the central Shenandoah Valley.

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