In the category of church-sponsored music concert series, the Friends of Music and the Arts (FOMA) at Church of the Ascension is definitely one of the best. Their programming is diverse, ranging from big-name ensembles like Chanticleer and the King’s Singers to guest artists like organist David Higgs to ensembles of notable local chamber music instrumentalists.
To open this year’s series on Saturday, September 25 (at 5 pm), cellist Wesley Baldwin returns joined this year by violinist Jennifer Carsillo in a program entitled “Music For Violin and Violoncello.” Featured on the bill will be the Duet for Violin and Cello by KSO Music Director Lucas Richman. Also on the program will be the Beethoven Duo for Violin and Cello in C Major, Bartok’s Hungarian Folk Melodies, Eight Duets for Violin and Cello, Op. 39 by Reinhold Glière, and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello.
In addition to Baldwin’s cello faculty position at the University of Tennessee School of Music, he is a member of the James Piano Quartet, the resident ensemble at Sweet Briar College and the Wintergreen Festival. He is also a member and principal cellist of the New World Symphony. In Knoxville, he founded and directs the Tennessee Cello Workshop, an annual gathering of roughly 100 cellists of all ages from throughout the United States held each February.
Carsillo, from Shreveport, Louisiana, performs as a soloist nationally and internationally. Last season, Ms. Carsillo performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Centenary’s Hurley Orchestra and was invited to perform another Beethoven work this year: the Triple Concerto, featuring her Evangeline Trio with cellist Ruth Drummond and pianist Gay Grosz. Ms. Carsillo will also join cellist Wesley Baldwin in a series of duo recitals throughout the southern United States. Earlier in the 2010-2011 season, Jennifer Carsillo will perform Bach’s E-Major Concerto with the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra in Northern Virginia, as part of the orchestra’s October Music Festival.