GENESEO, N.Y. -- The SUNY Geneseo Department of Music will present a performance by prize-winning chamber music group !Voila! on April 11 at 7: 30 p.m. in Wadsworth Auditorium. !Voila! seeks to provide audiences with a fresh understanding of the possibilities that the viola has to offer. The event is free and open to the public.
On the program are Robert Davidson's "Spiral 1;" Beethoven's "Trio Op. 87;" Derecskei András "Könnycsepp a tükörben;" "Cancionero Musical De Las Casa De Medinaceli" adapted by Benjamin Magruder; Scott Slapin's "Capricious;" and Astor Piazzolla's "Sens Unique" arranged by Michel Michalakakos.
Hailing from Rochester, N.Y., and the Eastman School of Music, ¡Voila! is an innovative viola trio devoted to the expansion and awareness of ensemble repertoire for the commonly left out ‘middle child' of the string family - the viola. !Voila! recently took home second place from the MTNA String Chamber Music Competition and are in the finals of the Coleman Chamber Music Competition.
Inspired by the 20th International Viola Congress, !Voila! members Benjamin Magruder, Alexander Peña, and Samantha Rodriguez seek to provide audiences with a fresh understanding of the soloistic possibilities that the viola has to offer.
Peña was recently granted a teaching position at the prestigious Harley School and the Eastman Community Music School in Rochester, N.Y., where he teaches and conducts pre-K through high school. Rodriguez is an adjunct lecturer at SUNY Geneseo, faculty coach in the Geneseo symphony Orchestra and a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Magruder also is a member of Rochester-based Gibbs and Main Quartet, which focuses on educational outreach.
During the summer, all three of ¡Voila!'s members perform and teach as artists in residence at the Lakes Area Music Festival in Central Minnesota. Most recently, their professional and collegial collaboration with LAMF spurred the creation of Explore Music, a week-long cross-curricular arts day camp for children K-5. ¡Voila!'s friendship, combined with individual strengths and passion for music, help create a unique and unexplored artistic experience, one that will only continue to awaken audiences ears to the splendid sounds of the viola.
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