Sarah Walder: Cello Trip
Sarah Walder returns to St. Luke Lutheran Church to perform her program, Cello Trip, on Sunday, October 1, at 3:00 p.m. Suggested donation $15, children and students free!
This performance of Cello Trip includes Bach’s joyful Third Suite, the premieres of Restless in Loops by Grammy nominated Arizona composer Glenn Stallcop and Crooked Tide by student composer David Wauters, and Sarah’s own compositions for cello with looper. This concert includes music of many genres and is joyful, calm, swinging, fun, funky, sweet, scratchy, weird, bold and spacious, with something for everybody to enjoy!
Sarah grew up in the deserts and mountains of Arizona. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory in 1992 with degrees in cello and viola da gamba, she moved to The Netherlands, graduating from The Royal Conservatory in The Hague with a masters in Baroque Cello in 1994.
Sarah currently performs as principal cellist of several modern and Baroque orchestras, as a chamber music player and as a soloist. She has toured in South Africa, South America, South Korea, Europe and the United States. Some of the groups with which she has performed include Ensemble Rei and Trio del Fuego, Musica Temprana, Super Librum, and The Northern Consort, as well as other local and international groups. Sarah is also known for her collaborative work with other art forms, including with mime and dance ensemble Walking Faces and with Theater De Plaats in Arnhem.
In 2016, Sarah founded the Sarah Walder Amata Music Project, an initiative designed to make music and music education fun and accessible to all while fostering a sense of community through shared art. Sarah has also released two solo albums of her compositions for cello with loop station: Cello Trip and Green Eye.
Sarah currently teaches cello at Yavapai College as well as maintaining a private teaching studio.
Glenn Stallcop is a composer, pianist and bassist. He played bass in the Phoenix Symphony, as well as with Sarah in Trio Fuego. He has published more than 100 compositions, including works performed by the Phoenix Symphony and by Steven Moeckel, principal violinist with
Santa Fe Opera.
David Wauters is a talented classical and jazz bassist. A 2023 graduate of Yavapai College, he is currently studying composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
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Carson Cooman: Organ Recital
I am very much looking forward to visiting St. Luke’s next month to play an organ recital (Sunday, October 29 @ 2:30 pm).
Before her move to New Mexico, Nancy Granert and I were colleagues for a number of years on the staff of the Memorial Church of Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), where I still work. This is actually my first trip to New Mexico, and I’m excited to visit your community and share music with you. The concert I will play focuses on my specialization of new music for organ by varied composers.
Two works are by Frederick Frahm, one of your former music directors, and one of my oldest composer friends (who I’ve known since I was in grade school). One is a new piece by Fred (inspired by the character of Pierrot from the classic commedia dell’arte tradition) that will have its premiere on the concert. The other comes from 2021. With no concert travel and few live events taking place at that point, Fred and I worked on a number of new pieces, and I gave their first performances via online recordings.
There are works by two composers I have collaborated extensively on many pieces, the Swedish composer Thomas Åberg and American composer Karen Beaumont (from Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Also one of my own pieces and works by Brittney (“B.E.”) Boykin from Atlanta, Georgia and Yûitirô Katô from Hokkaido, Japan. The remaining piece is by another one of my frequent collaborators, the Italian composer Carlotta Ferrari. This piece was written specifically for my New Mexico concerts and is inspired by the Santos painted icons tradition and Nahuatl and Hispanic dances.