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Circle of Friends

Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
$10 (cash or check at the door). Notecard. Paid admission to the 4 pm lecture by Judy Tsou includes admission to the 4:30 pm concert.
Music of Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn is featured on the Circle of Friends series.
Music of Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn is featured on the Circle of Friends series.

 School of Music professor Robin McCabe hosts this series of performances involving faculty, students and guest artists performing works by Brahms, Schumann, and Mendelssohn. Each performance is preceded by brief remarks to contextualize the repertoire performed.

The close artistic and personal friendships of Clara and Robert Schumann, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, and Johannes Brahms constitute one of the most remarkable orbits of interactions in musical history. This series, produced by piano professor Robin McCabe, features samplings from their rich and prolific repertoires, with historical context offered in commentary and narration. This event includes a pre-concert lecture by Judy Tsou, “To Lied or not to Lied? That is the Woman Composer’s Question.”

*Paid admission to the 4 p.m. lecture includes admission to the 4:30 p.m. concert.


Pre-Concert lecture: Judy Tsou: “To Lied or not to Lied? That is the Woman Composer’s Question.”

Fanny Mendelssohn:
Three Pieces for piano, four hands   
Allegro molto
Allegretto Grazioso

Dainius and Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17

Trio Andromeda (Li-Cheng Hung piano; Allion Salvador, violin, and Alec Duggan, cello

Robert Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16

Thomas Lee, piano


Judy Tsou

Judy Tsou’s research interests include sociological aspects (especially gender) of music, American popular music, and music archives. She is the editor of Cecilia Reclaimed: Feminist Perspectives on Gender and Music (1994; winner of CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book and Susan Koppelman feminist editing awards). Tsou is the author of “Gendering Race: Stereotypes of Chinese Americans in Popular Sheet Music,” (repercussions vol. 6 no. 2), and of book reviews in NOTES, Cum Notis Variorum, CHOICE, Fontes Artis Musicae, and Signs: Journal of women in culture and society.

Tsou is currently serving a second term on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Musicological Society and is on the editorial board of the second edition of The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. She served as chair of the Committee on the Status of Women and was a member of the Council of the American Musicological Society. She was also chair of the Archives and Documentation Centres Branch of the International Association of Music Librariesand a member of the editorial board of Women in Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture. Tsou was a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for American Music (1998-2001); a member-at-large of the Music Library Association (1994-96); and a fellow at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley (1996-97).

She earned her M.I.L.S. degree at the University of Michigan and an M.A. degree at Columbia University.

Dainius Vaicekonis, piano

Dainius Vaicekonis enjoys an active performance career as soloist and collaborative artist. He was soloist with Lithuanian National Symphony, University of Washington Symphony, Butte Symphony, Montana, Bremerton Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony and Skagit Symphony. He was the winner in the Seattle LMC Award Tour Competition and the UW Concerto Competition, prizewinner in the International F. Schubert Piano Competition in Dortmund, Germany. He played several times in Benaroya's Nordstrom Recital Hall, Meany Hall, Live by George at KING FM and The Beat at KUOW public radio, Bumbershoot, UW Summer Arts Festival, and other. Dainius Vaicekonis is a frequent performer in the Shoreline Faculty Piano series and First Friday Night concert series in the Music Works Northwest. Dainius performed with Vilnius String Quartet (Lithuania), distinguished artists, such as flutists Edmund Paul Davies (Great Britain) and Magali Mosnier-Karoui (France), clarinetist Sean Osborn (USA), violinist Talvi (Finland), and with the Chamber Dance Company. Mr. Vaicekonis also performs intensively with his wife Asta as a piano duet.

Dainius Vaicekonis studied in the National Ciurlionis School of Arts, Lithuanian Academy of Music (BMA), Mozarteum Academy, Salzburg, Austria, Bowling Green State University, Ohio (M.M.). Dainius received the Gerberding fellowship at the University of Washington, School of Music for his DMA degree studies which he completed defending his dissertation "The forest for the trees: Beethoven piano sonatas as integrated cycles." Dainius Vaicekonis studied with celebrated European and American artists and teachers Muza Rubackyte, Jurgis Karnavicius, Karlheinz Kammerling, Christian Zacharias, Jerome Rose and Robin McCabe.

Dr. Vaicekonis is affiliated with the Music Departments of the Shoreline Community College and the Western Washington University, also the Music Works Northwest. He is a member of the College Music Society and MTNA.

Asta Vaicekonis, piano

Asta Vaicekonis is well-acclaimed collaborative artist and piano teacher in the Pacific Northwest. She holds a master's in Music in Piano Performance from the University of Washington, and a bachelor's of Musical Arts from the Lithuanian Academy of Music. Asta was granted a diploma for the best accompaniment in the International Competition of Chamber Music in Kaliningrad (Königsberg), Russia.

She has performed in various cities of the United States, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Russia, and made several recordings for the Lithuanian Radio and Television. She was a soloist with the Port Angeles Symphony Orchestra. Asta has played in the Benaroya’s Nordstrom Recital Hall and the Bumbershoot festival. She had multiple appearances as collaborative artist in the Bach Fest, Chelan, WA, the Summer Arts Festival, University of Washington, and in the Award Tours of the Seattle Ladies Musical Club. Asta had numerous performances with the Chamber Dance Company, and in the Summer Chamber Music Seminars in Berlin, Germany.

Asta often plays with her husband, Dainius Vaicekonis, as a piano duet. Asta Vaicekonis is staff accompanist at Western Washington University. She has taught the piano for over 20 years. Asta has been part of the piano faculty at Music Works Northwest since 2000.

Music Works NW is proud to offer individual piano lessons with Asta Vaicekonis.

Trio Andromeda

Winners of the 2013 UW Strings and Piano Chamber Ensemble Competition, Trio Andromeda features the combined talents of violinist Allion Salvador, cellist Alec Duggan, and pianist Li-Cheng Hung. The group is coached by violist Melia Watras, chair of the UW Strings program, and will represent the UW and the School of Music at several campus and off-campus performances in 2013-14.