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Shane Barker, Viola, and Ekaterina Popova, Piano: “Schumann’s Musical Circle”

February 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey welcomes violist Shane Barker back to the beautiful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary with pianist Ekaterina Popova for their program, Schumann’s Musical Circle: Music for Viola and Piano by Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms and Joachim.

The program explores the extraordinary lives of four musical giants. Late romantic repertoire influenced by nature, poetry, literature, love and friendships:

Brahms: Sonata in G Major
Schumann: Märchenbilder
Clara Schumann: Romances
Joachim: Hebrew Melodies

Shane Barker

Shane Barker, violist, enjoys a varied career as recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player. He has performed across most of the eastern United States, Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Iceland in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Philharmonie in Paris, and Place des Arts in Montreal. Shane enjoys long term partnerships with pianists Barbara Browne, Rob Keiser and Ekaterina Popova, flutist Pamela Taylor, harpsichordist Lewis Baratz, and oboist Kevin Chavez. He has been a founding member of the Philadelphia Harp Trio and Phoenix Chamber Players. In an effort to expand the viola repertoire, Shane has premiered works by Andrea Clearfield, Jeremy Gill, Andrew Litts and Julia Alford Fowler among others. Passionate about outreach, he has curated residencies at Veteran Centers, retirement facilities, the Third Street Alliance for Women and Children and the Nurture Nature Center. Shane holds degrees from Temple University and North Carolina School of the Arts where he studied with Sheila Browne, Karen Ritscher, Helen Kwalwasser and Evelyn Jacobs-Luise. He plays a viola by Sergio Peresson.

A clip of Shane Barker, violist in a Brahms Trio:

Ekaterina Popova is a Philadelphia-based accompanist and piano teacher. She is a former student of Lambert Orkis and Harvey Wedeen and a graduate from Temple University.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or 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. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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February 29, 2020
2:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map