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Preludes: Art Inspiring Art

September 29 – October 1, 2023

Symphony Hall Lobby – The Mighty Carmina Burana Ticket Holders

Preludes: Art Inspiring Art takes place ONE HOUR prior to the start of Opening Weekend’s The Mighty Carmina Burana.

The Phoenix Symphony is pleased to open this season’s Preludes performances with an inspirational program of musical pieces and improvisations as interpreted by Arizona State University contemporary musicians. The central theme of the program is “Art Inspiring Art.”

Opening Weekend’s first piece performed on the Symphony Hall stage is a composition by Adam Schoenberg, Picture Studies, inspired by significant artworks from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. In homage to Adam Schoenberg and Modest Mussorgsky (whose piece, Pictures at an Exhibition, Schoenberg loosely based his composition on), ASU musicians will be performing musical pieces alongside visual artwork, thus continuing the virtuous cycle of art inspiring art.

Keegan Ewan, Saxophonist

Bio: Keegan Ewan is a musician and saxophonist based in Tempe, Arizona. An active performer in a variety of genres, Ewan has made music in settings spanning from contemporary chamber music to electronic experimental rock at the highest level along with sharing the stage with artists such as Alexa Tarantino, Lucas Pino, and Camille Thurman. Ewan particularly has an interest as an improviser and as a performer of new music and has commissioned several works along with being a 2023 Cortona Festival Performance Fellow. He is a member and tenor saxophonist of the Lotus Quartet, a Tempe, Arizona-based saxophone quartet. Lotus performs frequently in the Phoenix area and has been recognized by the Coltman Chamber Music Competition and the Music Teacher’s National Association, earning first place in the 2023 MTNA Chamber Winds Competition. Ewan is currently earning his bachelor’s in music performance at Arizona State University, studying under Dr. Christopher Creviston.

Visual Artwork:
Scene from the Tales of the Heike
Tosa School, 17th Century colors and gold on brown paper
Princeton University Art Museum

Musical Piece:
Ryo Noda (b. 1948), Maï

Visual Artwork:
The Railway Crossing, Fernand Léger (1919)
oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago

Musical Piece:

Hannah Shute, Cellist

Bio: Hannah Shute is a cellist, music teacher, piano tuner, and chamber musician based in Phoenix, AZ with over 15 years of musical experience. She has been teaching for over 5 years and has been trained in the Suzuki Method through Book 5. She is a previous member of Arizona State University’s Herberger String Quartet and currently plays in her own quartet, the Firebird Quartet. Hannah teaches students of all ages and skill levels and enjoys helping students develop their musical abilities and cultivate a love for playing and performing music for others. Hannah received her bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance at the University of North Florida and is currently pursuing a master’s in Music Performance at Arizona State University, where she studies with Tom Landschoot.

Visual Artwork:
Le Grand Canal, Claude Monet (1908)
oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Musical Piece:

Olivia Bolles, Violinist

Bio: Olivia Bolles is a violinist from Illinois, currently studying with Dr. Katherine McLin at Arizona State University where she is pursuing a degree in Violin Performance. Olivia has been playing since she was four years old and began her studies at a Suzuki school in Chicago. Her recent private teachers are Dr. Sarah Gentry at Illinois State University and Professor Danwen Jiang at Arizona State University. Along with her solo performances, Olivia is an active orchestral and collaborative musician at ASU. She has also had experience in concertmaster and principal roles at orchestra festivals. She is passionate about teaching and has a studio of private students in Chandler. In past years, Olivia has attended the Chamber Music Academy at University of Illinois, the Violin Institute at Interlochen Center for the Arts, Montecito International Music Festival, Eastern Music Festival, and National Orchestral Institute. She has won several competitions in the Illinois area, including the Young Artists Competition in 2018, when she received the opportunity to play Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the Peoria Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Olivia has had the opportunity to work in masterclasses with David Kim, Melissa White, Jupiter String Quartet, and Brooklyn Rider, as well as Maestros Tito Muñoz, Gerard Schwarz, Ken Lam, and Marin Alsop.

Visual Artwork:
Circles in a Circle (1923), Wassily Kandinsky
oil on canvas, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Composition (1917), Lyubov Popova
oil on paper, Berardo Collection Museum, Portugal

Dominant Curve, Wassily Kandinsky (1936) oil on canvas, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York

Musical Piece:
Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 – 1931) Sonata in E minor, Op. 27, No. 4 for Violin


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