1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
Preservation New Jersey • 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing • PO Box 7815• West Trenton, NJ 08628
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150th Anniversary Festival

Classical Music Series:
Trio Amaranth
Chamber Music

Solo and Chamber Music Concert Series
Azer Damirov, Violin
Julia Morelli, Cello
Gretchen Hull, Piano

Monday, December 12, 2016, 8:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
SCMCS December 12, 2016 Concert Poster

The Solo & Chamber Music Concert Series presents Trio Amaranth in a program of masterpieces by Chausson, Cassado, and Turina in the beautiful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary.

Founded by violinists Vladimir and Yevgeniy Dyo, the S & CM Concert Series offers outstanding recitals of classical music to communities in the Delaware Valley and beyond. Artists are invited based on their ability to move listeners' hearts, thus making each concert unique and memorable for its beauty and excellence. Each concert program is thoughtfully crafted to meet the highest artistic standards.

From the heart — may it return to the heart! - Beethoven.

An ethnically diverse group, they are enriched, influenced, and mutually intrigued by various foreign cultures. Violinist Azer Damirov was born in Russia but is of Azerbaijani descent. American cellist Julia Morelli was born to Ukrainian and Italian parents, and having been raised in the Eastern Orthodox Christian church, she was surrounded by many cultures. Their American pianist Gretchen Hull is part Scandinavian, and has begun to develop fluency in the Norwegian language. This great multitude of cultural ties gives us a unique perspective on musical ideas and interpretation, thus making their performance special.

Azer DamirovAzer Damirov began his musical studies at the age of eight. At 14, he was accepted in the Musical College of the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Maria Keselman from which he graduated in 2007 at the age of 20 with an equivalent of a Bachelor Degree Diploma. Azer participated in master classes and festivals in Dortmund in Germany, Britten-Pearce Orchestra in Great Britain, and Volga Regional Young Symphony festival. Recipient of the Ministry of Culture Russian Federation’s Stipend, Azer is a Laureate of numerous national competitions. In 2007 Azer received a Diploma at the 14th Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition in Fermo, Italy, and a special iPalpiti prize for participation in the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates in Los Angeles. In the fall 2010, Azer was accepted into Bachelor of Music Program at Boyer College at Temple University in the class of Professor Schmieder, where, subsequently he completed his Master’s degree in 2013, and currently pursues a Doctoral degree in Music Performance. He was a member of iPalpiti in its winter East Coast residency and concerts at the Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall, its Northern California tour, and iPalpiti festivals in Los Angeles. As a Winner of the American Protege International Competition of Romantic Music 2012 he performed at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Julia MorelliJulia Morelli received her Bachelor of Music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied with Emilio Colon. She completed one year of her Master of Music degree at Boston University where she studied with the late Marc Johnson. Julia will be completing her Master of Music at Temple University in Philadelphia studying with Jeffrey Solow.

Julia has played in masterclasses for Arto Noras, Marc Coppey, Stephen Balderston, Rafael Figueroa, Anthony Elliot, and more. Her trios and quartets have been coached by musicians such as Steven Ansell, Alex Kerr, Eteri Andjaparidze, Philippe Entremont, Eduard Schmieder, John Koen, and Vladimir Dyo. Julia has enjoyed playing with Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra of Indiana. She has also played orchestral backup for popular music figures such as Michael Feinstein, Chris Botti, Dionne Warwick, Neil Sedaka, and the Ahn Trio.

Julia greatly values musical outreach efforts. She has played for several not-for-profit musical organizations such as ROK: Reimagining Opera for Kids, NERO: New England Repertory Orchestra, New England Chamber Players, and Arts Outreach Initiative. Julia also plays for retirement communities and has organized and played in free concerts for the public.

Julia teaches for Tune Up Philly and PRYSM, in Philadelphia. Additionally, she teaches private lessons for cello students and has instructed cello students at Sierra Academy of Music in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Gretchen HullCurrently a doctoral student and graduate fellow at Temple University studying piano performance under Charles Abramovic, Gretchen Hull received her master’s degree at the same school as her undergraduate degree, Houghton College, where she studied under Fleisher student William Newbrough. Gretchen has performed recitals for WSKG’s televised series Expressions, the Classical Pianists of the Future series, the OASIS concert series, the Immanuel Episcopal Concert Series, and multiple times for the Civic Morning Musical Wednesday Recital Series at the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse). Gretchen has been heard performing and/or been interviewed on the WCNY, WSKG, and WPEL radio stations, as well as WSKG’s television show Artist Café. A past participant in the Chautauqua Piano Program and the International Keyboard Institute and Festival, this summer she will be a participant in the PIANALE International Piano Academy and Competition in Schlitz, Germany. She has performed in masterclasses led by Garrick Ohlsson, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Jerome Rose, Marcantonio Balone, Angela Cheng, and Sonia Lee (harpsichord). Gretchen is also a member of the newly formed Philadelphia-based piano trio, Trio Amaranth, and a piano faculty member at the Csehy Summer School of Music. Past teachers include Ms. Rebecca Penneys, Dr. Michael Landrum, Dr. Samuel Hsu, and Ms. Monique Leduc.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, and only $5 for school and college students with ID. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. You will receive an email confirmation of each purchase. Online tickets will be held at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.

GROUP RATES are available. Choose the Group ticket option and each ticket will have a $5 discount from the General Admission price (same as the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price)! Group rate tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rates apply only to advance online sales and cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert. Groups must present themselves at the box office at the same time. For group orders of fewer than 10 people, the full General Admission rate (less the amount prepaid) may be required at the box office at the time of admission. Group rates do not apply to Student prices.

Tickets may be reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.

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