Drew University’s da Camera professional concert series presents high quality music from intimate genres appropriate to the spectacularly delicate acoustics of our Concert Hall, performed by professional artists. These professional artists are drawn to the Concert Hall for its acoustics and have all recorded CDs in the hall. It is from these recording sessions that the performances you hear are drawn. All concerts begin at 8:00 pm with a pre concert conversation with the artists at 7:15 pm.
October 14, 2017, 8 PM
Dionne Jackson, flutist and Sankyo artist, and Marija Stroke, pianist and Steinway artist
For more than a century, French composers have created special ways of approaching the flute for evocative musical effects, such as the iconic opening solo figure of Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faune or the scene in Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe in which Chloe mimes the story of Pan and Syrinx to an elaborate flute solo. The instrument can offer brilliant celebratory dances or cool evocations of moonlight and many other musical expressions. The works to be performed in this concert represent a wide range of French composers of the last century, such as Debussy and Poulenc. Dionne Jackson is a renowned flautist who has performed as a soloist, and in both an orchestra and chamber music setting. Pianist Marija Stroke is a founding member of the Apollo Trio, and performs as a soloist and chamber musician internationally. Their CD, Parisian Inspirations, was released on Bridge Records this year, and was recorded in The Concert Hall at Drew University.
www.dionnejacksonflute.com/ and http://apollotrio.com/
Saturday, November 18th, 8:00 pm
The 5 Browns
The 5 Browns are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns reveal a deep connection to the intent of their material while bringing a fresh energy and dynamic character to the color and tonal spectrum of their sound.
This is an extraordinary piano program with FIVE Steinway concert grands on stage. A solo, two duets, two full ensemble pieces. These five siblings are not only a compelling and attractive musical ensemble – each is Juilliard-trained and they are Steinway artists – but they’re actively involved in advocacy, and are the subjects of a pending documentary film.
Saturday, February 24th, 8:00 pm
Alexander Woods, Violinist
With his father, Rex Woods, on piano.
Alexander Woods, violin, has been hailed by the New York Times as both a “showstopping” violinist as well as a “deft and sensitive accompanist.” He has studied with many of the world’s great violinists and pedagogues, including Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Syoko Aki, and Mark Rush. Alex is on the faculty of Brigham Young University. His CD, Corelli’s Influence: virtuoso works for baroque violin was recorded here at Drew and released in 2016 by ACIS Records.