2014 Spring Concerts

April 6, 2014 4:00pm UW-BC Fine Arts Theatre, Rice Lake
April 12, 2014 7:00pm Chetek Lutheran Church, Chetek

"Fire and Renewal"
Beethoven. Overture to the Creatures of Prometheus
Strauss. Frühlingstimmen (Voices of Spring)
Mozart. Piano Concerto No. 20, movement 1


Rossini. "Una voce poco fa" from the Barber of Seville
Dvorak. In nature's realm.
Marquez. Conga del fuego nuevo.

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Welcome Dr Aurélien Pétillot to the Podium!

Violist Aurélien Pétillot has garnered much esteem as a versatile and engaging performer and pedagogue. He has been invited as a guest artist and soloist by many ensembles and orchestras, in Europe and North America, both on Baroque and modern violas.

A passionate chamber musician, and an ardent advocate of music by living composers, he is a founding member of the Chiaroscuro Trio, whose debut CD of world premiere recordings of contemporary American works for voice, viola, and piano was released by Albany Records in the summer of 2013. In a review of the CD, Fanfare Magazine commended his “rich, beautiful tone that would be the envy of many a chamber or solo violist today.” He has played with the Cavani String Quartet, members of the Azmari, Mirò, and Tosca String Quartets, and toured with The Young Eight, the only professional String Octet in America. He is also the founder and artistic director of Viola By Choice, a non-profit chamber ensemble dedicated to promoting the originality, versatility and importance of the viola and its repertoire. Viola By Choice received the 2009 Austin Table Critics Award for "Best body of work", and was praised for “offering smart and alluring programs that feed the brain and the soul - and do so with polished, enthusiastic musicianship.” Viola by Choice released its CD, Florilegium in 2010.

Aurélien Pétillot holds a Bachelor’s in musicology and performance from the Paris-Sorbonne University, a Master’s from the Mannes College of Music, in New York, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. His principal teachers, Jean-Claude Bouveresse, Alexander Brussilovsky, Pierre-Henri Xuereb, Caroline Levine, and Roger Myers, are heirs of an impressive lineage of pedagogues and performers that traces all the way back to Vivaldi and Corelli.

Currently, Dr. Pétillot is lecturer of viola and theory at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, principal violist with the Camerata Chicago, and co-principal violist of the Lacrosse Symphony. Previously, he was the music director of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony, the viola and music history faculty at the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, a faculty artist with the Austin Chamber Music Center, and the viola faculty at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. He also played regularly with the Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and Victoria symphony orchestras, as well as the Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Austin. His lecture/recital entitled Death Symbolism as Creative Hallmark in Shostakovich’s Viola Sonata, based on his doctoral thesis, has been presented in various universities in America as part of the commemorations celebrating the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth. Other lectures have dealt with humor in music, the inter-relationships between the arts, and of course, the viola. A review by the Austin American Statesman of a concert of viola works inspired by colors reads: “The concert epitomizes the kind of eclectic, inclusive, lively programming that Pétillot promotes. Dialogue with other musicians, collaboration with other art forms, supporting the emerging composers of his own generation, digging through archives to find the forgotten gems of the viola repertoire— these are things that ignite Pétillot.”

Dr. Pétillot is very excited to join the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra as its new conductor, and to work with and for the Rice Lake community, with the hopes that music’s irresistible passion and life-asserting beauty will bring joy and solace to all.

2014 Concerto Competition

The Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra conducts a Concerto Competition every two years to select promising young artists to perform as soloists with the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra. Musicians compete in four categories: strings, classical voice, piano, or wind and brass instruments.

This year, two artists were chosen and will perform with the Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra at its 2014 Spring Concert series, April 6, 2014 at the UW-Barron County Fine Arts Theatre and April 12, 2014 at the Chetek Luthuran Church, Chetek.

Erik Grover
performing Mozart's Piano Concerto #20 in D minor, 1st movement

Erik Grover is a senior at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser High School. He began taking piano lessons at the age of 4 with Ms. Ardie Czerwonka, studying the Suzuki method. Since that time, he has studied piano with Ms. Ana Amborn of Rice Lake, Dr. Roger McVey at UW River Falls, and Dr. Nicholas Phillips at UW Eau Claire. Erik has performed piano solos and duets at the District and State Solo Ensemble Festivals. He received the Frederic Chopin Piano Award in 2011 from CWHS. Erik has performed piano concerts for residents of Knapp Haven as well as residents of Velkommen Towers Retirement Home in Rockford, Illinois. He has also played piano to assist with fundraisers for the Red Cedar Symphony and other various charitable organizations. Throughout the years, Erik has provided special music at the Chetek Lutheran Church, performed at Music in the Park for the Chetek community, and performed in the Annual Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Variety Show for the past 11 years. He was also invited to play at Dr. Roger McVey’s piano master class in Shell Lake, Wisconsin in 2012.

Erik also plays trumpet and has played with the Red Cedar Symphony for the past five years. Erik was selected to play trumpet in the Tri-State Jazz Band and Tri-State Honors Band at UW-Superior for the past four years. He was selected to play in the Heart of the North Honors Band for three years, and was first trumpet for the past two. Erik also played trumpet in the Red Barn Theater's production of Chicago in 2011. In 2012, Erik performed trumpet with the WSMA State Honors Band, and in 2013 with the WSMA State Honors Orchestra at the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

In the fall, Erik will be attending UW – Eau Claire majoring in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology on a pre-med track. He hopes to one day become an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine. Erik will always keep music as a part of his life.

In his spare time, Erik enjoys playing baseball, basketball, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Erin Peters - Mezzo-Soprano
performing Rossini's "Una voce poco fa" from "Barber of Seville"

Though Erin's primary field is in choral conducting, she greatly enjoys opportunities in which she can perform as a singer. Most recently, Ms. Peters had the privilege of conducting the Ithaca College Choir in several movements of the German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. While working as a graduate assistant in Ithaca, New York, Erin had the opportunity to direct both the Ithaca College Women’s Chorale, as well as the Ithaca College Madrigal Singers, and served as the music director at the First Presbyterian Church. As a singer in the Ithaca College Choir, Ms. Peters performed at exciting venues throughout the East Coast, including The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland, and Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Ms. Peters’s early musical training began with violin lessons in her native Madison, Wisconsin. Ms. Peters attended the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Choral/General Music Education, and the Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Violin performance. Erin holds both the Master of Music degree in Music Education and the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Ithaca College. Ms. Peters studied voice with Kenneth Bozeman and Amanda DeMaris. Principal conducting teachers include Lawrence Doebler, Janet Galvan, Brian DeMaris, and Richard Bjella. Erin is a member of NAfME, ACDA, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Erin currently resides in Bruce, Wisconsin with her husband, eight-month-old son, and chocolate Labrador retriever. She is the interim conductor for the Ladysmith Community Singers, and a member of the Red Cedar Choir.

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