An informal program of pieces for solo viola played via livestream by Oregon Symphony Assistant principal violist Charles Noble.
On Wednesday, April 1st at 5:00PM PDT I’ll be playing a set of solo pieces for viola on artslandia’s happy hour Facebook Live series. Instead of having a virtual tip jar for myself, a link to the Oregon Symphony’s donation page will be set up instead. I hope you can make it – it’s very nerve-wracking for me: it’s been years since I’ve played a solo recital, and doing so in my own studio without a visible audience promises to be very strange as well, but I’ve got a nice little selection of pieces picked out, and a Top Ten List of viola jokes for good measure! Please join me, and send a little love in the Oregon Symphony’s direction as well, if you’re able!
“Double bassist Nina DeCesare is making history as the Oregon Symphony’s first female bass player. After beginning her path to a professional musician at age 8 on a quarter-size bass, DeCesare went on to study with Paul Ellison at Rice University and with François Rabbath in Paris. She represented Rice’s Shepherd School of Music with a solo at the Kennedy Center in 2014 and won her seat with the Oregon Symphony later that same year. Her hands are exactly the right size to play the bass, and no, she does not need help carrying such a big instrument.”