Gettysburgian Colin Stokes will return to Gettysburg when he performs the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra (GCO) on Sunday, September 11, at 4:00 pm in the Chapel of the Gettysburg Seminary.
The GCO concert opens the 2016-2017 Music, Gettysburg! season, featuring the music of Elgar and Philip Lasser and Antonin Dvorak under the baton of maestro Norman Nunamaker. The concert, like all Music, Gettysburg! events, is free and open to the public.
Born and raised in Gettysburg, Stokes began his cello studies with Gretchen Hook Lindeman, another Gettysburgian who began her studies with Chris Rex, still another Gettysburgian, the Principal Cello with the Atlanta Symphony. Gretchen was a founding member of the GCO and has played with the ensemble for 19 years!
Stokes completed his Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and continued his cello studies at the studio of Richard Aaron at the Juilliard School of Music, where he received his Master of Music Degree. He continued his studies with internationally known cellist Fred Sherry in Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. Critics have been unanimous in their praise of Colin, lauding him for his “eloquence, his “ferocity,” and his “musical commitment and ardent performance style.”
Critical acclaim came very early when, at the age of 17, he was selected to perform with Yo-Yo Ma at the Baltimore Symphony’s Meyerhoff Hall and Strathmore Hall, performances that were broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today. He has also had the opportunity to perform with and be mentored by other great artists of today, including Claude and Pamela Frank, Ralph Kirshbaum, Jerome Lowenthal, James Taylor, and Yuri Temirkanov.
Colin has been the recipient of many awards, including the Manhattan School of Music Scholarship, Juilliard’s M. and E. Cohen Award, Irene Diamond and Stonzek Memorial Scholarship, Eastman School of Music’s Howard Hanson Award, and, during his study at the Baltimore School for the Arts, Colin received the Joan G. and Joseph Klein Jr. Prize as the Most Promising Performing Artist.
Recent performances include a four-month Mediterranean tour with Lincoln Center Stage, recitals in Paris and New York City with pianist Alice Gi-Young Hwang, performances with Le Train Bleu at the Bravo! Vail Festival in Colorado, and performances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, National Sawdust, Joe’s Pub, and (le) poisson rouge, and a tour of the Midwest with ArtsFi. In the spring of 2014, Colin took time out from his busy schedule to perform a “Champagne Recital” with Ms. Hwang as his accompanist for the Endowment Fund of the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra.
This season, Colin will be recording several new works with composer Mohammed Fairouz, including a cello concerto for the Manchester Festival in Great Britain. In January, he will begin a six-month tour of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria with his Berlin-based crossover project Symphoniacs!
In addition to the Elgar work, “Vocalise” by Phillip Lasser, a composing colleague from the Juilliard School of Music, will open the concert. The second half of the concert will see the GCO performing the Dvorak Symphony No. 8 in G major, one of that composer’s most frequently performed compositions.
The GCO is currently in its 19th year of performance and presents all of its concerts under the banner of Music, Gettysburg! a presenting organization associated with the local Seminary. Funding is also provided by grants from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, the Adams County Community Foundation and the Adams County Arts Council STAR grant. All of its concerts are offered free of charge, and readers are invited to visit the website of both Music, Gettysburg! (www.musicgettysburg.org) and the gettysburgchamberorchestra.com for more information. Call 717-334-5508 for further information about the GCO.