A joint cello and piano recital featuring guest cellist Dr. Kristin Isaacson and Dr. Leslie Spotz, pianist and associate professor at Tarleton will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Clyde H. Wells Fine Arts Center Theater at 7:30 p.m.
The recital will include Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in G minor, No. 2, Benjamin Britten’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, and two works by Gaspar Cassado, Lamento de Boabdil and Danse du Diable vert.
Admission to the recital is free and the public is invited to attend.
Isaacson, associate professor of cello and bass at Hardin-Simmons University, has performed internationally as a member of the Abilene Chamber Players, including a May 2011 concert in London, along with an appearance in Buenos Aires, Argentina to perform Tango in summer 2009.
She received her doctor of musical arts in cello performance at Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s from Indiana University. Isaacson has held faculty positions at Abilene Christian University, Eastern Kentucky University, the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the Craftsbury Chamber Players Youth Program and the Music Academy at Louisiana State University.
Isaacson has performed extensively in Texas, New England and Louisiana, and with such diverse groups as the Craftsbury Chamber Players, the Hop River Chamber Players, the Louisiana Sinfonietta, the Ohio Light Opera, the Vermont Symphony and the Lexington Philharmonic. Her principal teachers include Iseut Chuat, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Dennis Parker and master classes with Janos Starker, Aldo Parisot and Ralph Kirschbaum.
Spotz enjoys an international solo career that has included performances at the Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow University, the South Bank Center of London, Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the inaugural opening of Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center; as well as several tours of Germany. She has played extensively throughout the United States, including appearances with the Mozart Society of Philadelphia, the South Jersey Symphony, the Piedmont Chamber Orchestra in North Carolina, and the Clear Lake Symphony in Texas. Concert highlights include performances of 20 Beethoven sonatas at Rutgers University.
Upon receiving a full scholarship to the Curtis Institute of Music, Spotz studied with the legendary Mieczyslaw Horszowski. She later completed her doctorate at Rutgers University. Spotz has become an advocate for women musicians through her many performances. She collaborated with flutist Adeline Tomasone on the critically acclaimed CD Fantasias, and women composers are featured on her solo CD, which was issued by Leonore Records in 1999.
To view a complete schedule of upcoming events presented by the Department of Fine Arts, please visit http://www.tarleton.edu/finearts/.