A LABOR OF LOVE

PHOTO KIM, SARAthDZOSFYUO

Kimberly and I went to the Cincinnati Young Artists’ faculty recital last night (Friday 6/10/16) in Corbett Auditorium, as part of the 2016 CYA Chamber Music Festrival.

Dozens of kids wearing tee shirts with the logo of CYA (www.cincinnatiyoungartists.org) and parents and friends made up a sizeable audience that was there to celebrate the extraordinary teacher-artists that make up the faculty roster of this labor of love led by husband and wife Alan Rafferty and Sarah Kim.

The extensive program is geared to training dozens of young musicians (some very young, some high school age) in chamber music under the guidance of Alan and Sarah and a fabulous group of artists and teachers.

In last night’s concert, in addition to the Rafferty-Kim cello duo, violinists Janet Sung, Mari Sato, violists Molly Carr and Denisse Rodriguez, and pianist Sandra Rivers played a program of Schubert (Bb string trio), Beethoven’s “Ghost” trio (with exquisite playing by Sato, Rafferty and Rivers), and in the second half, the A Major String Sextet of Dvořák with all six string players playing idiomatically and flawlessly.

Coming up more concerts (check out their website) and a two-week cello workshop with a faculty that will include Rafferty, Kim, Cincinnati’s Theodore Nelson and Nathaniel Chaitkin, and several guest artist-teachers and Suzuki Method exponents from all over the States.

Their major 2016 sponsor is UC’s President, Santa Ono, himself a fine cellist. Here’s hoping that the word goes out for more support for this worthy enterprise by two (full disclosure) good friends who also happen to be, along with their CYA, two of Cincinnati’s treasures.

Kimberly and I went to the Cincinnati Young Artists’ faculty recital last night (Friday 6/10/16) in Corbett Auditorium, as part of the 2016 CYA Chamber Music Festival.

Dozens of kids wearing tee shirts with the logo of CYA (www.cincinnatiyoungartists.org) and parents and friends made up a sizeable audience that was there to celebrate the extraordinary teacher-artists that make up the faculty roster of this labor of love led by husband and wife Alan Rafferty and Sarah Kim.

The extensive program is geared to training dozens of young musicians (some very young, some high school age) in chamber music under the guidance of Alan and Sarah and a fabulous group of artists and teachers.

In last night’s concert, in addition to the Rafferty-Kim cello duo, violinists Janet Sung, Mari Sato, violists Molly Carr and Denisse Rodriguez, and pianist Sandra Rivers played a program of Schubert (Bb string trio), Beethoven’s “Ghost” trio (with exquisite playing by Sato, Rafferty and Rivers), and in the second half, the A Major String Sextet of Dvořák with all six string players playing idiomatically and flawlessly.

Coming up more concerts (check out their website) and a two-week cello workshop with a faculty that will include Rafferty, Kim, Cincinnati’s Theodore Nelson and Nathaniel Chaitkin, and several guest artist-teachers and Suzuki Method exponents from all over the States.

Their major 2016 sponsor is UC’s President, Santa Ono, himself a fine cellist. Here’s hoping that the word goes out for more support for this worthy enterprise by two (full disclosure) good friends who also happen to be, along with their CYA, two of Cincinnati’s treasures.

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