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Violin and Piano Recital: Harumi Rhodes and Thomas Sauer
Start Date: 2/14/2015Start Time: 8:00 PM
End Date: 2/14/2015End Time: 10:00 PM

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Brahms, Violin and Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Opus 100

Messiaen, Théme et Variations

Janaček, Sonata for Violin and Piano

Schumann, Violin and Piano Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Opus 105

Harumi Rhodes is an assistant professor of music and string area coordinator at the Syracuse University Setnor School of Music. Acclaimed by the New York Times as a “deeply expressive violinist,” Harumi Rhodes is gaining broad recognition as a multifaceted musician with a distinctive and sincere musical voice. Her generosity of spirit on stage is contagious, making her one of the most sought-after violinists and chamber musicians of her generation.

As a founding member of the Naumburg Award–winning ensemble Trio Cavatina, Ms. Rhodes has enjoyed appearances at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Wolf Trap (Washington, D.C), and San Francisco Performances, as well as its debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in 2009. Continuing to build its reputation as one of today’s leading piano trios, Trio Cavatina has been touring internationally over the last few seasons, with recent notable performances in Pablo Casals Symphony Hall in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Filharmonija Hall in Vilnius, Lithuania.

As a chamber musician, Ms. Rhodes has been a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed on several Musicians From Marlboro tours as well as at the festivals of Seattle Chamber Music, Bard, Caramoor, Bridgehampton, Music in the Vineyards, Mainly Mozart, and the Saito Kinen Festival in Japan. After completing her residency with Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, Ms. Rhodes was appointed the newest member of the Boston Chamber Music Society in 2009, where she performs regularly at Sanders Theater at Harvard University and Kresge Hall at MIT.

An avid supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Rhodes is a frequent guest artist with Music from Copland House, and has recorded Milton Babbitt’s Sixth String Quartet on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. Deeply committed to the process of commissioning and premiering new music, Ms. Rhodes has collaborated with many composers, including Richard Danielpour, Leon Kirchner, Benjamin Lees, Paul Moravec, William Bolcom, David Ludwig, and Lisa Bielawa.

Recent solo engagements have included performances of Bernstein’s Serenade, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3 and No. 5, Beethoven Romances, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Vermont Mozart Festival Orchestra and the New York Chamber Soloists Orchestra. Ms. Rhodes is also a member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), a conductor-less chamber orchestra made up of world-class chamber musicians and soloists.

A graduate of The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory, her principal teachers have been Shirley Givens, Earl Carlyss, Ronald Copes, and Donald Weilerstein.  

Pianist Thomas Sauer is highly sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher.  Some of Mr. Sauer’s recent appearances include concerto performances with the Quad-City and Tallahassee Symphonies and the Greenwich Village Orchestra; solo performances at Carnegie Hall (Stern Auditorium), Merkin Concert Hall, Rockefeller University, and St. John’s College, Oxford; appearances on Broadway as the pianist in 33 Variations, a play about the composition of Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations; and performances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.  With his long-time duo partner Colin Carr, Mr. Sauer has appeared at the Wigmore Hall (London), Holywell Music Room (Oxford), the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Musikgebouw, Bargemusic (New York City), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), and Princeton University, among many other venues.  Other appearances include recitals with Midori at the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels; performances with members of the Juilliard String Quartet at the Library of Congress; and numerous concerts with the Brentano String Quartet.

Mr. Sauer has performed at many of the leading festivals in the United States and abroad, including Marlboro, Caramoor, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest, El Paso Pro Musica, and the Chamber Music Festivals of Seattle, Taos, Four Seasons (North Carolina), Portland and Salt Bay (Maine); as well as Lake District Summer Music (England) and Festival des Consonances (France).  

Mr. Sauer’s varied discography includes recordings of Beethoven and Haydn piano sonatas for MSR Classics; the complete cello and piano works of Mendelssohn with Colin Carr on Cello Classics; a disc of Hindemith sonatas with violist Misha Amory (Musical Heritage Society); music of Britten and Schnittke with cellist Wilhelmina Smith on Arabesque; music of Ross Lee Finney with violinist Miranda Cuckson on Centaur Records; and violin sonatas of Mozart with Aaron Berofsky on Blue Griffin Recordings.  In recent seasons, Mr. Sauer has premiered works by Philippe Bodin, Robert Cuckson, Sebastian Currier, Keith Fitch, David Loeb, Donald Martino, and David Tcimpidis.

A member of the music faculty of Vassar College and the piano faculty of the Mannes College, Mr. Sauer is the founder and director of the Mannes Beethoven Institute.  His major teachers included Jorge Bolet, Edward Aldwell, and Carl Schachter.
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Lang Music Building
Room: Lang Concert Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Andrew Hauze
Phone: 610-690-3489
Harumi Rhodes and Thomas Sauer
Event Sponsors
The Gil and Mary Stott Chamber Music Master Class Series and the Department of Music and Dance
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The Public
Additional Information
Free and Open to the Public. No Tickets or Reservations Required.

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