Julie Albers to wrap Ke-Nekt music series

imageRenowned young cellist Julie Albers will wrap SUNY Oswego’s inaugural Ke-Nekt chamber music series with a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom on campus.

Albers first gained recognition as a musical prodigy when she soloed with the Cleveland Symphony as a teen-ager. Now in her mid-20s, Albers has since earned prestigious music prizes and rave reviews while performing with orchestras and smaller combos across North America, Europe, Asia and New Zealand.

“It is impossible not to think that the future of classical music will be bright after hearing an artist like Julie Albers,” the Cleveland Plain Dealer raved. The San Antonio Express-News described her as “a young cellist of mature artistry” with “a wonderful way with dynamics” and “brilliant technique” on her distinctive instrument, a 1790 Neapolitan cello by Vincenzo Ventapane.

“Albers’ musicality, dramatic flair, brilliant style and control establish her as a world-class virtuoso,” the Evansville (Ind.) Courier and Press added. “Her playing is mature, expressive and stylish. . . . Her vibrato is simply gorgeous . . .. Albers made her cello sing.”

She started early, with violin studies at 2 years old before switching to the cello at age 4. In her teens, Albers pursued studies through the Young Artist Program at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Albers earned the grand prize at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians, sponsored by the Orchestra Symphonique de Douai in France, and additional recognition in the Johansen International String Competition in Washington, D.C.

Her Oswego appearance will be an intimate evening of classical music. SUNY Oswego faculty members Seung hee Yang on violin, Dan Barach on viola and Robert Auler on piano will accompany Albers.

The Artswego Performing Arts Series and the SUNY Oswego music department sponsor the performance.

Tickets cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students). For information or reservations, contact the Tyler Hall box office at tylerbxo@oswego.edu or 312-2141. For more information on the series, visit the Ke-Nekt Web site.

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(Posted: Mar 30, 2005)