Trio Accord: A Journey Across the English Channel

Sunday, August 21, 2016 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The viola da gamba is central to the musical styles of 16th and 17th century France and England. It provides rich harmonies in lute song, adds decorative obbligato in French cantatas, and can even stand alone as a solo instrument in the lyra viol style. Please join University of Michigan alumni James Perretta (viola da gamba), Ashley Mulcahy (mezzo soprano), and Francis Yun (harpsichord) as we explore these colorful styles along with solo music for voice and harpsichord.

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About Francis Yun: Francis Yun, harpsichord, is a recent recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts in Harpsichord Performance from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Joseph Gascho and Penelope Crawford. Mr. Yun has been a soloist with the Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra and the Yellow Springs Chamber Orchestra, performing Bach's Brandenberg Concerto No. 5. An avid champion of new music for the harpsichord, Mr. Yun has also appeared as a soloist with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, premiering a piece by composer Edward Ryan called The Golden Invention. Most recently, he has performed with the esteemed baroque orchestra Apollo's Fire in their collaboration with Opera Columbus in a staging of Lully's Armide. He has performed in numerous venues on both harpsichord and piano including Columbia University for their Rabi-Warner concert series, Columbia College in Chicago, and the Kasser Theater and Leshowitz Recital Hall in New Jersey. He has also been a featured performer at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor, MI, the Power Center, also in Ann Arbor, and the Detroit Museum of Art. An educator at heart, Mr. Yun has been on the faculty at Brevard Music Center and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. He has also been on the faculty at Montclair State University where he was a professor of Music Theory and a staff accompanist. Mr. Yun also taught piano for the Preparatory Center for the Arts at Montclair State University.

About Ashley Mulcahy: Ashley currently resides in Chicago and studies with Ellen Hargis. She recently performed with The Newberry Consort as a Young Artist Mentee and sings with the professional choirs of Music of the Baroque, Church of the Ascension, and St. John Cantius.  Ashley graduated from The University of Michigan in 2014 with a BM in Vocal Performance (Carmen Pelton studio) and a BA in Italian.  She performed at The Newberry Library this past fall in what was likely the first modern performance of songs from anonymous 17th Century Italian manuscripts housed at the library.  She was selected to sing on a masterclass given by Ellen Hargis, Paul O'Dette, and Stephen Stubbs at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival, and has participated in numerous early music summer festivals.  Ashley is always eager to combine her passion for early music and her knowledge of Italian and was awarded a fellowship from The University of Michigan to study early music in Italy in 2013. She wrote translations for Concerto Soave at the 2015 Boston Early Music Festival, and created the first English translation of the 1665 opera Zenobia e Radamisto by G. Legrenzi as her Senior Honors Thesis in Italian, for which she received several awards: zenobiaeradamistoenglishtranslation.wordpress.com

About James Perretta: As a cellist and viola da gamba player, James Perretta strives to be a versatile, well-rounded musician. Currently a student of Enid Sutherland, he has explored Baroque cello playing and Renaissance music for the viola da gamba. James is also passionate about modern and contemporary music for cello, including non-classical and crossover styles and techniques pioneered by cellists such as Eugene Friesen and Mike Block.

James graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. During his time at U-of-M, James studied modern cello with Richard Aaron and Baroque cello and viola da gamba with Enid Sutherland. James also became a founding member of the Uncommon Time Cello Octet, which commissioned and premiered new works from contemporary composers.

James has had the opportunity of studying with world-renowned cellist Janos Starker and has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras in and around St. Louis including the Gateway Festival Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. James has also performed in Cellofest concerts in 2008 and 2010 at the Sheldon Concert Hall and in 2012 and 2016 at the Community Music School of Webster University, serving as chamber group coordinator and coach during the 2012 Cellofest.

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