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Friday, October 29, 2010
8:00 pm | Capitol Theater | Overture Center for the Arts

Masterworks II


Guest Artists, Christina & Michelle Naughton, pianists

REPERTOIRE



Torke | Adjustable Wrench

Schubert | Symphony No. 8 "Unfinished"

Mendelssohn | Concerto for Two Pianos in E major

CHRISTINA & MICHELLE NAUGHTON have been hailed by the San Francisco Examiner for their “stellar musicianship, technical mastery, and awe-inspiring artistry.” They began their piano studies at the age of four. In the fall of 2007, they began their studies as merit-based full-tuition scholarship students of Robert McDonald at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where Christina holds the Hirsig Fellowship and Michelle holds the Bernard M. Guth Fellowship.  They also study with Gary Graffman, and study chamber music with Claude Frank and Seymour Lipkin.

In 2008–09 they made debuts at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C., with the New Jersey Symphony, and with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts where the Philadelphia Inquirer praised them as “paired to perfection.” In 2010, the Naughtons will be making their debut at Herkulessaal in Munich, and with the Hong Kong Philharmonic. Other upcoming engagements include performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and the Kingston Chamber Music Festival; as well as with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Verizon Hall, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony.

The Naughtons have performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Cleveland’s Red {an orchestra}, Chicago’s Park Ridge Orchestra, the Erie Philharmonic, and the Gulf Coast and Sheboygan symphonies. They have also performed on the Steinway Society-The Bay Area, Artist Series of Sarasota, UAB Piano Series, Chamber Music San Francisco Series and on Chicago’s Music in the Loft and Pianoforte classical piano series. Their performances have been broadcast by Chicago’s WFMT and Philadelphia’s WHYY.

Christina Naughton made her orchestra debut at the age of nine performing Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 in D major. She was the bronze medalist at the quadrennial Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, and her ensemble, the Vesta Trio, received the gold medal in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. She has performed as a soloist with Chicago’s Ars Viva and Park Ridge orchestras; the Madison, Fort Collins, and Utah symphonies; the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra; and at Ravinia’s Martin Theatre.

Michelle Naughton made her orchestra debut at age ten performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A major, K. 488. She won first prize at the PianoArts National Biennial Piano Competition and was the gold medal winner in the quadrennial Virginia Waring International Piano Competition. She has performed as a soloist with the Madison, Milwaukee, and Gulf Coast symphonies and with Chicago’s Ars Viva and Park Ridge orchestras. She has also performed on Denver’s Saint John’s Cathedral concert series and at Green Lake Festival of Music.

 

Many Thanks to our Sponsors

 

Concert Sponsor

Grantham Heinrichs Group Merrill Lynch

Guest Artist Sponsor

First Business Trust & Investments

 

Post-Concert Reception Sponsor

McGladrey

Pre-Concert Dinners