Welcome to the  Georgetown Festival of the Arts XV 
May 24 - June 2, 2019
The Classic Chamber Concerts Series 2018-2019

Participants in the Festival  "!Saludos!"," May 18 - 27, 2018
Artistic Director

Ellsworth Peterson , Artistic Director,

is professor emeritus of music at Southwestern University.  He holds an undergraduate degree from Southwestern University, a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD from Harvard.  He has been Artistic Director for all of the thirteen previous Festivals of the Arts.  Festival composers have been Handel (2005); Haydn (2006); Schubert (2007); Mendelssohn (2008); Dvořák (2009); Copland (2010); Brahms (2011); Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc (2012); Tchaikovsky, Arensky and Rachmaninov (2013); and Albéniz, Granados, and Falla (2014); Robert and Clara Schumann (2015), Grieg, Sibelius and Nielsen (2016) and Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten (2017).    

Speakers & Performers

William E. Nicholas, speaker, 

is a retired professor of American and Latin American history.  He taught for forty years at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. His avocations include Spanish study, piano, and travel.  He lives in Georgetown.
Kiyoshi Tamagawa, piano,

is Professor of Music and Associate Dean for the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University.  He has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Asia. His latest orchestra appearances have been with the Austin Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503 by Mozart, with the Oahu Civic Orchestra, Honolulu, Hawaii and in May 2016 with the Temple Symphony in a performance of Mozart’s Concerto in E-flat major, K. 482.  In 2015 he also completed a tour of Asia and a CD recording with Southwestern University faculty cellist Hai Zheng.
Virginia Dupuy, mezzo-soprano,

is an alumna of Southwestern University and professor of music at Southern Methodist University.  Her career in vocal performance and recording includes a Grammy nomination for her CD Voces Americanas with the Voices of Change ensemble.  An Emily Dickinson scholar, she has recorded Dwell in Possibility:  Emily Dickinson in Song.  She has appeared with orchestras and opera companies across the US, and has been a performer in and supporter of the Festival of the Arts since its beginning.
Hai Zheng, cello,

is Artist in Residence at Southwestern University.  She has appeared in recital at the Shanghai Conservatory and New York City’s Steinway Hall, in master classes and recitals at Gungzhou and Macau Conservatories, and at a special invitation concert for the Hong Kong Asia Society, among many others.

Lynn Parr Mock, soprano,

holds a BME degree from Southwestern University, where she studied with Virginia Dupuy, and MM degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She balances performing commitments with service on the boards of many fine arts organizations and is a co-founder of Lone Spring Arts in Dallas.

Invoke string quartet

Bowed and fretted string quartet invoke dodges genre classification. Their sound
borrows from American traditions including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes,
jazz, and minimalism. a contemporary string quartet repertoire written by and for
the group. Invoke has been Young Professional String Quartet in Residence at UT
(2016 e 2018), Artists in Residence at Strathmore, Emerging Young Artist Quartet at
Interlochen, and Fellowship String Quartet at Wintergreen Performing Arts.

Austin Bella Corda guitar ensemble is comprised of outstanding pre-college guitarists, all who emerged from the Childbloom® Guitar Programs of Central Texas.  

The Austin Bella Corda guitar ensemble 2017/18 members are Olivia Bannister, Aytahn Benavi, Elyce Garcia, Kabeer Motwani, Noah Kentros, Simon Krauskopf, Linden Meyer, Elle Smith.  

Kevin Taylor is Artistic Director of The Young Performing Artist Program and 
Director of Austin Bella Corda Guitar Ensemble. 

The Round Rock Symphony

is now in its ninth season as the only professional orchestra in Williamson County and has been under the leadership of Music Director Stefan Sanders since 2012.  Its goal is to make the RRS a part of the cultural fabric of central Texas, expanding audiences through creative programming, appearances in a range of different venues, and increased educational offerings.

Stefan Sanders, conductor,

is Music Director and Conductor of the Round Rock Symphony.  He also holds the Montante Family Endowed Associate Conductor Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.  Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders was an internationally know trombonist, performing as a soloist in the United States, Asia and Europe.

Fabián López, violin,

has toured extensively through the United States, Europe and South America, gaining recognition as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. As soloist he has performed with orchestras in the United States, Spain, and France.  Fabián is currently the first violinist of the Carlos Chavez String Quartet. In North Carolina he has appeared as concertmaster of the Greensboro and Ashville Symphonies.

Bruce Cain, baritone,

is Associate Professor of Music and director of the Opera Theatre at Southwestern University.  He holds a BMus degree from McMurry University, MMus from Indiana University, and DMus from Northwestern University.  He has performed concerts on five continents.  He is conductor of the San Gabriel Chorale.

David Asbury, guitarist,

is an active performer, teacher, scholar and adjudicator who has appeared on concert stages in Europe, Canada, Central America and throughout the United States. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Diploma of Merit from the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He has served on the faculty of Southwestern University since 1992. His studies with renowned pedagogue Aaron Shearer led to a Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He received his Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Texas at Austin where he worked under the direction of Adam Holzman.

Adrienne Inglis, flute,

performs, records and tours with the flute and harp ensemble Chaski.   She also plays principal flute with the Round Rock Symphony, Panoramic Voices and Chorus Austin.  She teaches flute and coaches the Flute Ensemble and Andean Ensemble at Southwestern University.  

David Utterback, piano,

is an active collaborative and solo pianist in the Austin area. Performing most often as a vocal accompanist, he is involved in a wide variety of musical endeavors including chamber music, opera, cabaret, and musical theater. He is a member of the Austin Chamber Ensemble, and also is the accompanist for the choirs of Chorus Austin (Austin Civic Chorus and Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble). He has held his current appointment as a member of the piano faculty at Southwestern University since 1993.

Kirsten Peterson, speaker and bassoonist,

is an adjunct instructor of music at the University of Connecticut-Stamford and Naugatuck Valley Community College.  She received her doctorate in Music History and Theory from the University of Connecticut.  Her research interests include nationalism and folk music influence in 19th- and 20th-century music She has given presentations at three earlier Georgetown Festivals of the Arts, discussing folk and nationalistic influences on the music of Dvořák, Brahms and Vaughan Williams.  She is principal bassoonist with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra in Connecticut.

Carol A. Hess,

a professor at the University of California at Davis, has published several books and articles on the music of Spain and the Americas.  In 2004, she published Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla (Oxford University Press). Her most recent book, Representing the Good Neighbor: Music, Difference, and the Pan American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013), explores the reception of Latin American concert music in the United States and also received the American Musicological Society’s Robert M. Stevenson Prize. Dr. Hess was a lecturer at the 2014 Georgetown Festival of the Arts featuring the music of Albéniz, Granados and Falla.

Elena Lewis and Carlos Hernandez,  dancers,

are prizerwinning competition dancers and franchisees of the Georgetown Arthur Murray Dance Center.
Carlos holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Maryland. 
In college he became interested in Salsa dancing; after taking lessons at an Arthur Murray Center,
he began teaching and now has over 20 years‘ experience.

Elena found Arthur Murray soon after she earned her Bachelor of Mexican American Studies and Public Policy
from UT; she has taught for over 10 years. They brought their daughter Sophia to
Texas in 2016 to be close to her family and to open their own Arthur Murray studio.

Shields-Collins Bray, piano,

has been principal keyboardist of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra since 1986, and has hosted its Symphonic Insights discussions since 1993.  He has appeared many times as soloist with the orchestra, most recently in the Bolivian composer Agustin Fernandez's Una Musica Escondida.  Mr. Bray is artistic advisor at the Van Cliburn Foundation, where his duties include the creation and performance of all programs in Musical Awakenings, the Cliburn's vast educational initiative. Mr. Bray also is the artistic director of Cliburn at the Modern, a series in which he hosts the most distinguished composers of our time.  Born in Louisiana, Mr. Bray studied piano with Steven De Groote at Arizona State University and at TCU.

Toby Blumenthal, piano,

has appeared as soloist with many ensembles, including the Chicago and Houston Symphony Orchestras.  She is director of CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools) for Salon Concerts in Austin and Artistic Director and pianist for the Classic Chamber Concerts series.  She has studied with Leonard Shure at  the University of Texas and with Rudolf Serkin at the Marlboro Chamber Music Institute in Vermont.

Jessica Mathaes, violin,

enjoys a multifaceted career as a soloist, recording artist, educator and concertmaster. She has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States and internationally in Europe and Asia, and has been broadcast live on Performance Today, Chicago Public Radio, and ARTE, the French-German cultural television channel. She has been featured with numerous orchestras throughout the United States.  She is concertmaster of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.

Mariachi Musicians

Mariachi Cocula is based in Austin and offers the traditional musical elements of
trumpet, violin, voice, and the rhythmic support of guitar and guitarron. it represents
a musical tradition that dates back at least to the eighteenth century in western
central Mexico, in and around the state ofJalisco.


means “messenger” in the Incan language of Quechua.. In the spirit of this Andean traveler, Chaski bring to its audiences classical, Celtic, and Latin American folk music featuring all kinds of flutes and harps. Based in Austin, Texas, Chaski has performed together since 1985 and has toured the United States, Costa Rica, Venezuela, England and Scotland.  Chaski has five independently produced recordings and was featured on the soundtrack of 2006 IMAX film Ride Around the World:  A Cowboy Adventure.

David Polley, organ,

is a recently-retired music educator.  Currently he is music director and organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown.  He teaches organ students at Southwestern University.  A native of Kansas, he has studied at Concordia University, Northwestern University and the University of Nebraska.  He holds a DMA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  He has performed with high school, college, and community choirs in the United States, Europe and China.

Dana Zenobi, soprano,

performs operatic roles from Mozart heroines Konstanze and Donna Elvira to Verdi's Violetta Valery,
and has earned recognition as an interpreter of Art Song by women composers.
She is a member of the voice facultyof Southwestern University and
holds a DMA in Voice Performance from UT

CHAMPS (Chamber Music in Public Schools), founded in i991,

is an educational outreach program of Salon Concerts of Austin.
It sends professional musicians to coach student chamber music groups in middle arid high schools,
working with them once a week at school for a school year. CHAMPS students also have access
to special master classes and opportunities for public performance.
Coaches currently serve students in 16 schools in Austin, Round Rock. Westlake, Lake Travis,
and Georgetown.

San Gabriel Chorale

was founded in 1988 at Southwestern University by Dr. Kenny Sheppard as a “town and gown” outreach to offer people a chance to sing works from the rich a cappella and oratorio choral traditions that date from the 16th century up to the present.  It numbers about 75 singers, all volunteers who pay annual dues and buy their own copies of the music.  They are mostly from Georgetown, including many from Sun City, but some live anywhere from North Austin to Killeen and Temple. Dr. Bruce Cain of Southwestern has been conductor of the Chorale since 1998.

Kenny Sheppard, conductor,

is a professor in the Department of Music at Southwestern University and conductor of the University Chorale.  Sine 1988 he has trained active choral conductors through the Conductor’s Institute, providing instruction and experience in conducting a chorus with orchestra.  He has led the Festival Chorus and Orchestra for all of the Georgetown Festivals of the Arts.