Hands-On Concert Series
Three Quirky Composers:
Beethoven, Haydn and Dvorak
Sunday, March 18
Peggy Spencer, Violin
Zon Estes, Cello
Hugh Keelan, Piano
Peggy Spencer freelanced in New York early in her career. She was a member of the New York Baroque Ensemble, touring with the Robert Shaw Chorale. In Vermont, She performed for many years as concertmaster and soloist with the New England Bach Festival Orchestra. Spencer has performed with the Springfield and Vermont Symphonies, Apple Hill Chamber Music Players, Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, and the Bella Rosa String Quartet. She has taught violin and coached chamber music at Keene State College, Bennington Composers Conference, and the Putney School. She currently teaches violin and viola and coaches chamber music at the Brattleboro Music Center.
Zon Eastes musical career includes teaching and coaching, performing, and conducting. As teacher and coach, Eastes has worked independently and at at the Brattleboro Music Center, and at Dartmouth, Amherst, and Keene State colleges. He has performed recitals and concerts across the United States working with ensembles including the Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, the New England Bach Festival, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the Bella Rosa String Quartet. He has participated in the Boston Early Music, Waterloo, Aix-en-Provence, and Lameque International Music (Canada) festivals. Eastes has conducted orchestras and choruses on both coasts, and served as Music Director of the Windham Orchestra for over twenty years.
Hugh Keelan has conducted throughout the world, from the Residentie Orchestra (conducted by Toscanini) in The Hague, Holland, to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (in pioneering recordings of seminal American symphonies), the Saint Louis Symphony (with a world premier), and the Windham Orchestra (creating from community). He has collaborated with the great artists of our times, including Solti, Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Shura Cherkassky, Maurice Sendak, Tom Stoppard. In the future are Wagner's Tristan und Isolde and a Ring Cycle, andBoudica, composed and co-written with Jenna Rae. Audiences will learn Celtic war cries, and from their seats participate in battle scenes with the Roman occupiers.
For Maestro, 'Life' and 'Art' are not distinct, just different words for a committed exploration of beauty and transcendence.