Wallowa Valley Music Alliance presents Classical Music Concert, Saturday, August 18, 2018
Enterprise Odd Fellows Hall, 6:30pm.
The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance presents an evening of classical music featuring musicians Lisa Robertson, violin; Edward Dixon, cello; James Cook, piano. The program is Music by Franz Schubert, which includes transcriptions of his songs, an Impromptu for piano, and finishes with his Trio in Bb.
Admission to the concert is by donation, $10 suggested. Youth aged 12 and under, free.
About the musicians:
Lisa Robertson holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in violin performance from the University of Iowa, a doctorate from Florida State University, and did additional studies in Switzerland at the Zürich Conservatory and the Institute of Higher Musical Studies in Montreux. She was a member of professional orchestras and chamber ensembles in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria for fifteen years. Lisa has taught violin at Florida State University, the Peter-Cornelius-Conservatory of Mainz (Germany), the University of Iowa, Walla Walla University, Eastern Oregon University, the Viennese Musical Institute of KwangJu (Korea), and in the Playing for Keeps program for the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton. She was a founding member of the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance, and founder and director of the Wallowa Lake Chamber Music Festival, which brought world-class musicians to the county to perform and teach. She has recently retired from teaching to Enterprise, while still serving as concertmaster of the Oregon East and Walla Walla Symphonies and as a member of the Siletz Bay Music Festival Orchestra in Lincoln City. She is active around the Northwest as a chamber music player, music adjudicator, and officer for the
Oregon Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
Edward Dixon received a doctorate in cello performance from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory and undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California. He has recently retired from the faculty of Whitman College and is currently manager of the Walla Walla Symphony. He is also principal cellist of the Walla Walla and Mid-Columbia Symphonies.
Dr. James Cook is a native of the northwestern United States. He has degrees from the Juilliard School and the University of Southern California in piano performance. Dr. Cook has performed solo, chamber and concerto performances throughout the world, including China, Germany, Italy, France and Sweden. Concerto appearances include the Minneapolis Symphony, Salem, Oregon, Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Peter Britt Festival and many University orchestras with repertoire from the Bartok Third Piano Concerto to Mozart and all Beethoven concertos. His repertoire is extensive, including the Baroque era and much contemporary music including the Crumb Makrokosmos and the Copland and Prokofiev piano sonatas. Dr. Cook has worked with many musicians of fame, in accompanying and collaborative postures. This part of his professional life has included a performance of the Hindemith Ludus Tonalis on public television and at the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles with Igor Stravinsky in attendance. He performed with the cellist Gabor Rejto, played in master classes at USC with Heifetz and Piatagorsky, and has accompanied the great opera baritone Simon Estes and the Tchaikovsky competition winner in violin, Eugene Fodor. He has taught at USC, California State at Fullerton, Willamette University, University of Wyoming, and Boise State University. In 1982 Dr. Cook was a soloist at the International Haydn celebration (250 years) in Fertoszentmikos, Hungary, the former summer residence of Haydn’s patron, Prince Esterhazy.