Over the past 14 years the University's acclaimed music group, Argenta, has gathered a committed following of chamber music fans in northern Nevada and around the world.
2007-2008 is a special season for Argenta, as cellist John Lenz and pianist James Winn welcome violinist Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio with their first concert together in Nightingale Concert Hall on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. on the University campus.
Featured on the December program are Mozart's Trio in C Major, Dvorak's Dumky Trio, and Shostakovich's Trio in E minor. Other season performances are on Friday, Feb. 1, featuring works by Beethoven, Clarke and Schumann and on Sunday, May 4, featuring works by Haydn, Lalo and Brahms.
Argenta's combined musical talents and extensive professional achievements are impressive. Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio is a professor of violin and viola and director of the Orchestral Career Studies program at the University.
A former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony for 12 years, she is the founder and artistic director of the acclaimed Cactus Pear Music Festival and is a sought-after guest artist with summer chamber music festivals throughout the United States and Canada. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Africa and South America. Her live performances are frequently heard on public radio's Performance Today.
John Lenz is a frequent soloist with Nevada orchestras and performs each summer at the Telluride Chamber Music Festival. He received the Nevada Governor's Award for Musical Performance in 1991, and holds one of the University's prestigious Foundation Professorships.
James Winn made his professional debut with the Denver Symphony Orchestra at age 13 and has been performing in North American, Europe and Japan ever since.
Winn has been a solo pianist with the New York City Ballet, a member of the New York New Music Ensemble and a frequent guest with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
He is a professor of piano and composition at the University, a Mousel/Felltner Award for excellence in creative activity, and an Artist Fellowship grant recipient from the Nevada Arts Council. He holds a doctorate in musical arts from the University of Michigan.
Season tickets are $30 General Admission/$18 Seniors, students and children and may be purchased by calling (775) 784-4278.
Individual tickets are available: $13 General Admission/$8 Seniors, students and children.