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4 July, 2022 / 20:00h.

Price: Free



Teachers Concert.


REBECCA CLARKE (1886-1979). Irish Folk Songs                                                                                                                                               

I know where I’m going


Brian Thorsett, tenor

John Irrera, violin


DANIEL LEVITAN (1953). Duo for Violin and Marimba                                                                                                                   

  John Irrera, violin

Annie Stevens, marimba


STACY GARROP (1969). The Solitude of Stars                                                                                                                    

Brian Thorsett, tenor

Annie Stevens, marimba


IVAN TREVINO  (1983). Rockeros                                                                                                                                          

Juan Luis Nicolau, guitar

John Irrera, violin

Annie Stevens, marimba


EDGAR GIRTAIN (1988). Appalachian Folk Songs      

Good Morning, My Pretty Little Miss

Barbara Allen

The Rocky Mountain Top 

Brian Thorsett, tenor

John Irrera, violin


MARCUS NORRIS (1991). The Land Makes her Own Artists                                                                                               

Solo violin

Solo vibraphone

Vibraphone and Violin Duo

Annie Stevens, marimba

John Irrera, violin


RAMON GARCIA I SOLER(1971). Sivana                                                                                                                                       

Juan Luis Nicolau, guitar

John Irrera, violin

Annie Stevens, marimba


Praised by the Santa Barbara Daily Sound for his “stirring” and “hypnotic” performances and by Fanfare magazine for his “impeccable precision,” violinist John Irrera is flourishing as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and pedagogue. John’s Carnegie Hall debut was praised as a “fascinating and dynamic performance” by New York Concert Review, and Fanfare Magazine on his recent release on Centaur Records: “The Irreras are impressive. John delivers a singular, often demanding violin part with subtle finesse, without sacrificing a sense of musical line.” John’s performances have been heard on three continents and in concert halls including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall and the Eastman Theatre. John has performed with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas and Thomas Adès, with the Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble under composer Tan Dun, and with the Charleston Symphony. Currently, he regularly performs in principal positions with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. John is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his Ph.D., having studied with Zvi Zeitlin and Federico Agostini. He has presented lectures, performances, and presentations at numerous universities and national conferences throughout the United States, and has multiple recordings on the Centaur record label. He is currently an assistant professor of violin at Virginia Tech University and is on the Parker Artists Management list of artists.

ANNIE STEVENS, percussion

Annie Stevens, an active soloist in both orchestral and chamber music in the United States and internationally, is Associate Professor of percussion at Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia. As a member of Escape Ten since 2012, the duo have performed and spoken at more than 35 US universities, at four international conferences, and appeared on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today with Fred Childs.” As an advocate for new percussion solos and chamber music, Annie has been involved in commissioning over 45 new works for percussion. She has appeared in presentations at the International Computer Music Conference, the Electroacoustic Music Society of America, Eastman School of Music, Steinmetz Hall in Orlando, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. She has performed with the Naples (FL) Philharmonic Orchestra, was a guest member of the Banff Evolution Ensemble in Canada, and is currently principal timpanist with the Roanoke Symphony, recognized as “impeccably responsive” by the Roanoke Times. She can be heard on the albums Our Favorite Things (Ravello Records) and Colors of a Groove with Escape Ten, and Blue Earth County with the Kelly Rossum Quartet.


Hailed as “an astonishingly gifted tenor with an impeccable and deeply moving voice” (sfmusicjournal.com), tenor Brian Thorsett excels in opera, oratorio and recital the world over. Since he took the stage, Brian has been seen and heard in over 100 diverse operatic roles, ranging from Monteverdi to Britten, back to Rameau, and back again to works composed specifically for his talent. As a concert singer he fosters a stylistically diversified repertoire of more than 300 works, which have taken him to concert halls in the US and Europe. As an avid recitalist, Brian is closely associated with the expansion of the vocal chamber genre and has been involved in premieres and commissions from Ian Venables, Hilary Tann, David Conte, Gordon Getty, Christopher Stark and Shinji Eshima, among many others. His dedication to this project has resulted in more than 200 new works in the last 10 years, almost all of which have been published and performed by renowned artists from across the globe. Brian can also be heard on recordings, commercials, and movies, as the voice of the Soundtron Library in Voice of Rapture: Tenor. Among his CD/Digital recordings are song cycles by David Conte (Everyone Sang), an album of orchestral song cycles for tenor (Cote, Stilvwell and Choate) on Arsis, Barbara Allen by Scott Gendel, an album of music by vocal chamber with October Sky, Daron Hagen’s Rapture and Regret and a Christmas album with New Trinity Baroque. Future releases include modern American orchestral song cycles for tenor (Arsis 2021) and an album of vocal chamber music composed specifically for him (2022). He graduated from the San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program, Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist Program, American Bach Soloists’ Academy, the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in Aldeburgh, England, and spent two summers at the Music Academy of the West. Brian is currently an Associate Professor of Voice at Virginia Tech University’s School of Performing Arts, where his students continue to pursue important graduate and training programs, premiering new works by renowned composers, singing on Broadway, award-winning production, albums by hip-hop and working as investigators in the White House www.brianthorsett.com

JUAN LUIS NICOLAU, guitar (collaborator in the concert)

He began his guitar studies in Muro de Alcoy with teachers Toru Kannari and Yukiharu Inoue, to finish his degree with teacher José Tomás at the Óscar Esplá Superior Conservatory of Music in Alicante. He has attended international courses given by guitarists of international prestige such as David Rusell, Roberto Aussel, José Luis González or Iván Rijos, among others. He has made various tours with the Alicante Symphony Orchestra performing the Aranjuez Concert as a soloist. In 2016 he performed with this Orchestra the world premiere of the version for symphonic orchestra of Estancias en la Serra Mariola, a guitar concerto that was recognized with the Gold Medal for composition at the Global Music Awards (California). In 2018 he premiered it in the United States with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

Among the various awards he has received, it is worth highlighting:

-Extraordinary End-of-Career Award from the “Óscar Esplá” Superior Conservatory of Music in Alicante.

-Interpretation Award of the “Alicante Concert Society”.

-Award for the best performer of the Valencian Community at the “Francisco Tárrega” International Guitar Contest in Benicasim

-First Prize in the “Francisco Tárrega” National Guitar Contest for young people.

-First Prize in the “Ciudad de Elche” Contest

-Award for the best performer of the Valencian Community in the International Guitar Contest “Luis Milan-Vila” of L’Olleria.

Juan Luis Nicolau is Professor (on leave) of the Faculty of Economic and Business Sciences of the University of Alicante, of which he has been Dean, and since 2017 he is Professor at Virginia Tech University in the United States.


Free entry, by invitation.

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