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Ominous & Ecstatic: Brahms & Dvorak
November 5, 2021 @ 7:30 pm$10 – $30
Ominous & Ecstatic: Brahms & Dvorak
Fri – Nov 5, 2021 – 7:30pm MDT
This year the CMSSU Piano Quartet will present compositions by Johannes Brahms (Opus 60 Piano Quartet) and Antonin Dvorak (Opus 87 Piano Quartet). The two popular works include a wide range of emotions, from broodingly ominous to wildly ecstatic. Our performers, Christian Bohnenstengel, Urs Rutishauser, Linda Ghidossi-Deluca, and Ka-Wai Yu, are well-known to our Kayenta audience. Come join us and again experience why great 19th-century music is as relevant to the modern human experience as when it was first performed.
Christian Bohnenstengel, piano. Christian feels equally at home in a wide range of musical genres. He has been featured as soloist in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and has conducted and performed Mozart’s concertos for two and three pianos. He has played in pit orchestras and with small and large jazz ensembles. He restored two harpsichords and participates in annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. Praised as “…a master of contrasts…” (Aalener Nachrichten) and for his ability to “…put the audience into a state of sheer awe…” (Gmünder Tagespost),
Christian’s performances have taken him all over the United States, to South America, and to Europe. He has performed on public radio and presented at state, regional, national, and international conferences.
Urs Rutishauser, violin. Urs has studied violin with Vera Barstow in Pasadena, and chamber music at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Cleveland Institute of Music, and Chamber Music Conference of the East in Bennington VT. He has held the position of concertmaster and soloist with the Brown University Orchestra and Brown Chamber Soloists and served as a presenter at the Rockefeller University Concerts for over a decade.
Urs’ primary occupation through 2017 was as Professor and research neuroscientist in Manhattan, NY. He now lives in Saint George. Utah and Bandon, Oregon. He enjoys organizing and participating in chamber music events at both residences, as well as hosting an annual retreat in Moab Utah for string players from all around the country. He is a member of the Soiree Musicale String Quartet with Bonnie Romkey, Linda Deluca, and Jessica Soli, performing in numerous house concerts including benefit events for the Kayenta Center of the Arts.
Linda Ghidossi-Deluca, viola. Linda is a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance. Considered “one of the hidden treasures of the Bay Area’s musical scene,” (San Francisco Chronicle), she was the Principal Violist of The New Century Chamber Orchestra.
Linda has performed with Jeffrey Kahane, Yo-Yo Ma, Pamela Frank, and Lorraine Hunt. As a soloist she has premiered works by new composers such as Thomas Goss and Kurt Rhode. She joined the Dixie Chicks in their “Top of the World Tour” across the United States and Canada. Linda is currently the string orchestra director of the Vista School of Performing Arts and Technology in Ivins, Utah. She is also the adjunct viola/violin instructor at Dixie State University, and a member of the string section of the Tuacahn Amphitheatre Orchestra.
Recently, Linda was appointed the Musical Director of the fledgling Youth Symphony of Southern Utah, similar to the award-winning Young People’s Chamber Orchestra of Sonoma County, California, which she also founded.
Ka-Wai Yu, cello. is a Professor of Music at Dixie State University, where he teaches cello and string chamber music. In great demand as a clinician, he has given master classes, taught workshops, served as adjudicator, held clinics, and guest-conducted regularly at universities, high schools, youth orchestras, music camps and string festivals in the Southwest and Midwest. Ka-Wai is currently the Principal Cellist of Southwest Symphony Orchestra.
As an avid chamber musician, Ka-Wai Yu is a founding member of the Zion Trio and the period-instrument ensemble Cosmopolitan Baroque. His recent performances include solo appearances with the Dixie State Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Illinois, and Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra. He obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and also holds degrees from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.