WILLIS-KNIGHTON MASTERWORKS SERIES
Saturday, September 20, 2014—7:30 PM
MAYUKO KAMIO, VIOLIN
Michael Butterman, conductor
JAMES EAKIN Cloud Scraper – WORLD PREMIERE
PROKOFIEV Violin Concerto No. 2
The violin rules the night, featuring Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist MAYUKO KAMIO playing Prokofiev and the SSO’s newly appointed Concertmaster Matt Albert playing the devilishly difficult solo part in Rimsky-Korsakov’s epic symphonic poem, Scheherazade.
Free ‘Inside the Music’ pre-concert talk starts at 6:30 PM.
FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE – starts at 6:30 PM
Shuttle picks up at Regions Bank parking garage at the corner of Milam & Market Streets.
Japanese violinist Mayuko Kamio [pronounced My-YOU-ko KA-me-o], the gold medalist of the 2007 International Tchaikovsky Competition, is widely praised for her luxurious silken tone, long expressive phrasing and virtuoso techniques. The New York Times has called Ms. Kamio an "exciting young musician" and "a radiant talent." Ms. Kamio made her concerto debut in Tokyo at the age of ten under the baton of Charles Dutoit, in a concert broadcast on NHK television. Since then, she has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops conducted by Keith Lockhart, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich with Mstislav Rostropovich, and the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. website
Matt Albert, concertmaster/violin
Called “preposterously talented” by Time Out Chicago, SSO Concertmaster Matt Albert is the Director of Chamber Music and of SYZYGY at Meadows School of the Arts. He was a founding member of eighth blackbird, with whom he received numerous awards, including first prizes at the Naumburg, Concert Artists Guild, Coleman, and Fischoff competitions, as well as three Grammy awards for their recordings on Cedille Records. He has worked with artists as diverse as Meredith Monk, Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, and Wilco, and he subs regularly with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Albert is a member of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, where he currently holds the principal second violin chair under Marin Alsop; he also has been on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival since 2012. Albert holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Northwestern University School of Music.
James Eakin, composer
James was born and raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. From an early age, he was drawn to his native blues and jazz as well as classical and film music, playing everything he heard by ear on the piano, as well as his own compositional musings. His inspiration to become a film/tv composer actually stemmed from his fascination with music in animation. During these early years, James taught himself piano, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, and flute, all the while singing at every opportunity. It wasn’t until years later that James began formal music studies. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Centenary College (2000), a Master of Music from Southern Methodist University (2003), and in 2007, received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Composition at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. James has had the privilege of studying with some of music’s most prominent composers: John Corigliano, Jeff Rona, Jack Smalley, George Tsontakis, Bruce Broughton, Zhou Long, and Chen Yi. He has composed works for Maya Angelou’s 80th Birthday celebration, the President’s Christmas Gala at the White House, and the Aspen Music Festival to name a few. website