The Edmond Sun

January 13, 2014

UCO features Cello Plus concert event

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will present “Cello Plus,” a concert featuring Central music professor Tess Remy-Schumacher at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the UCO Jazz Lab, 100 E. Fifth St. in Edmond.           

This concert is a part of the Faculty Artist Concert Series, a yearlong performance series that highlights the talents of Central music faculty members. All performances take place on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Jazz Lab with proceeds supporting scholarships and the UCO School of Music.           

Remy-Schumacher has performed as a concert soloist throughout Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States and has recorded several CDs with studios in Germany, New York, Los Angeles and Australia.           

Her accolades include first place prizes at New York’s International Artist Competition, Germany’s Jugend musiziert and Rome’s Carlo Zecchi Competition.

Remy-Schumacher also recently spent time at Harvard University as a Visiting Fellow Performance and an appointed Visiting Scholar.

A Central music faculty member since 1998, Remy-Schumacher teaches applied lessons at UCO and is the general coordinator for Central’s Center for Historical Performance.

For her Faculty Artist Concert, Remy-Schumacher will perform duet pieces by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Gian Carlo Menotti, Heitor Villa Lobos, Sam Magrill, George Frideric Handel, Osvaldo Golijov, and a world premiere piece by Keith White.           

“While traditionally, cello recitals consists of the cello in combination with a keyboard instrument, there are very interesting, fun and beautiful compositions written for other cello duo combinations, hence the title ‘Cello Plus,’” Remy-Schumacher said.     

“I thought it would be great fun for the performers and audience to branch out with cello duos rarely performed or heard.”           

Some of these duos include cello and flute, cello and violin, cello and clarinet and cello and marimba. Central music faculty members will perform all duets.

“I love the opportunity to rehearse and perform with many of my incredible colleagues at UCO,” Remy-Schumacher said.           

“We’ve actually discovered so many more combinations and repertoire that a follow up ‘Cello Plus 2’ is already in the works.”

Tickets for “Cello Plus” are $10 and can be purchased by calling the UCO School of Music at 974-5004. Admission is free for Central students, faculty and staff with a Central ID.