Jonathan Bagg, viola & Emely Phelps, piano
Program: Elizabeth Maconchy: Sonata for Viola and Piano (1937), Lera Auerbach: Arcanum, Sonata for Viola and Piano (2013), Benjamin Britten: Lachrymae: Reflections on a Song of Dowland (1950), and Mark Kuss: Variations on My Favorite Things (1994). Jonathan Bagg is Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke and a member of the Ciompi String Quartet. His career with the Ciompi includes hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and around the word, as well as many recordings. Currently co-Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire, he also co-directed the Monadnock Music festival from 2007-2011. Bagg runs the chamber music program and teaches viola at Duke, where he is currently Director of Performance in the Music Department. Emely Phelps, pianist, has been praised by the Boston Globe for her "fleet, energetic, and bright-toned" playing. She has performed across the United States and Canada, in venues including the Mansion at Strathmore Hall, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Alice Tully Hall, and Meredith College. Phelps has also been a soloist with ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and recently appeared as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet in a performance of the Dvorak Piano Quintet in Boston's Jordan Hall. She received BM and MM degrees from the Juilliard School, where she served as a staff accompanist from 2007-2012.