Two Rivers Chamber Players Czarkowski and Beard perform in Salon Series

On Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 8 pm, cellist Stephen Czarkowski and pianist Dr. Scott Beard will perform two major works for cello and piano, Beethoven's Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 5 No. 2 in g minor and Frederic Chopin's Sonata, Op. 65 for cello and piano. Also on the program is an arrangement by Diego Collatti of one of Carlos Gardel's most popular works, the tango Mi Buenos Aires querido. The performance is the third in the 2012-2013 Salon Series in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall of the Frank Arts Center. Admission is free; however, seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.

As members of the Two Rivers Chamber Players, Stephen Czarkowski and Scott Beard have performed well-received chamber music concerts throughout the region. Their programs for strings, piano and winds have featured music from Beethoven to Bruch, Brahms and Piazzolla. Beethoven's cello sonatas Opus 5 are dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II. Beethoven wrote the brilliant piano part with the intention of performing the work himself. An extended adagio opening leads to an intense allegro movement followed by a joyful and extended rondo in G major. The sonata by Chopin was written in 1846 and is one of only nine works published during his lifetime that were written for instruments other than piano. This harmonically rich and complex work is full of Chopin's trademark melodic craft, with unexpected moments of counterpoint. The cello sonata was one of his last works to be published during his lifetime.

Professor of cello at Shepherd University, Mr. Czarkowski is also on the cello and conducting faculty of Landon School, Bullis School, and Montgomery College. He is Principal Cellist (Jim and Linda Walker Chair) of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and shares conducting duties with the Preparatory Orchestra. He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Graduate Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting, after receiving a full scholarship and teaching assistantship, and graduated in the top percentile of his class from the Mannes College, The New School for Music with a Master of Music in cello and conducting. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College, The New School for Music. He is an active member of the Conductors Guild, and serves on the Board of Directors. In demand as a conductor, cellist and educator in the Washington D.C. area and nationally, he serves as Assistant Conductor of the Opera Camerata of Washington DC, as well as orchestra personnel manager and principal cellist. He is conductor of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra. He led The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. as a debut conductor, in conjunction with being selected for the 2003 National Conducting Institute, directed by Music Director Leonard Slatkin. Other guest conducting appearances include Honolulu Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Friday Morning Music Club Orchestra and the 2008 The Berlin Airlift Orchestra, in a special Veterans Day performance at St. Matthews Cathedral.

Dr. Scott Beard, nationally recognized pianist, teacher, clinician, author and recording artist is Dean of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education and Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs at Shepherd University in West Virginia. One of the leading experts on the music and teaching of 19th-century pedagogue, Theodore Leschetizky (1830-1915), his doctoral dissertation and CD recording Leschetizky: Piano Treasures represent one of the first major research projects concerning this composer's music. He has performed Leschetizky's music and given lectures about this important historical figure to audiences of teachers and students throughout the East Coast. Concerts as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist have taken Dr. Beard throughout the United States and also to Canada and France. Recital and lecture appearances include Weill Recital Hall, World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the Tenri Cultural Institute (NYC), the Polish Embassy, the Russian Cultural Institute, conference artist for the Virginia Music Teachers' Association, as well as numerous universities and MTNA organizations throughout the East Coast. Orchestral appearances have included performances with the Georgetown, Southern Arizona, York, Richmond Philharmonic, Friday Morning Music Club and NOI Symphony Orchestras. His Canadian debut was well received by critics and audiences alike, and, his concerts have been praised for their poetry, passion and innovative programming.

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