講者：Alex McDonald/Pianist、Rachel Li McDonald/Violist
George Gershwin 7 Virtuosic Etudes
Arr. Earl Wild no. 3: The Man I Love
no. 4: Embraceable You
no. 7: Fascinating Rhythm
Maurice Ravel Miroirs
II. Oiseaux tristes
III. Une barque sur l’ocean
IV. Alborada del gracioso
Max Bruch Romanze, op. 85
Igor Stravinsky Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka
I. Danse Russe
II. Chez Pétrouchka
III. La Semaine Grasse
Paul Hindemith Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 11 no. 4
II. Thema mit Variationen
III. Finale (mit Variationen)
“…Alex McDonald had fire and brimstone bouncing off the walls…McDonald handled Liszt’s dense layering of notes with breathtaking fury, that included recoloring the normal chord sonorities by sustaining them for several bars at a time, with dramatic fluency…”
Harold Duckett, Knoxville News-Sentine.
.Since his orchestral debut at age 11, pianist Alex McDonald has soloed with the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, and the Utah Symphony Orchestra, among others. He has performed across the United States as well as in Israel, Mexico, Canada, Japan, and South Korea; additionally, he has been a featured performer on PBS, WRR (Dallas/Ft. Worth), KUHA and KUHF (Houston), NPR, and WQXR (New York City). Awards and fellowships include second prize at the 2007 New Orleans International Piano Competition and second prize at the 2001 Gina Bachauer International Young Artist Piano Competition. In 2008, he was named a Harvey Fellow by the Mustard Seed Foundation. In 2013, he was a competitor in the 2014 Van Cliburn Competition.
Highlights of this season include solo performances in Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, and Tennessee, and will record his first CD consisting of Liszt, Haydn and others this Fall. Additionally, he is appearing as a chamber musician in Texas and Virginia with Joseph Kuipers and the Marinus Ensemble and Ensemble 75, as well as two-piano concerts with Cathy Lysinger in Oklahoma and Texas. He will also perform Shostakovich’s Concerto no. 1 with the Dallas Chamber Symphony this September and Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Variations on I’ve Got Rhythm with the Plano Symphony this Spring.
Dr. McDonald is currently on faculty at Texas Woman’s University, having previously taught at Richland College as well as at the Juilliard School. Additionally, his private piano students have been admitted to Juilliard, Eastman and New England Conservatory, and have performed at Carnegie’s Weill Hall and on WRR. Deeply concerned about a healthy integration of life with music, he has actively pursued community formation both as an R.A. in the Juilliard residence hall and as president of Juilliard Christian Fellowship.
Dr. McDonald received his pre-college training under Lois Nielson, his bachelor’s degree from the New England Conservatory with Academic Honors and Distinction in Performance under Russell Sherman, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Juilliard under Yoheved Kaplinsky and Julian Martin. His doctoral document, a source study on manuscripts and editions for Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, has been cited in the most recent edition of the sonata by Alfred Publishers, edited by Nancy Bricard.
Rachel Li McDonald/Violist
Since her PBS broadcasted debut chamber performance at Carnegie Hall through From the Top Live from Carnegie, violist Rachel Li McDonald has continued to be an active performer and teacher in both solo, chamber, and orchestra settings throughout North America and Japan. Through the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Program, Rachel has performed live on KMZT Radio’s “Sunday Live” broadcast various times. In 2006, she also performed live on KMZT for YMF Mozart 250th Birthday Chamber Concert. She also performed as part of the Colburn Honor’s Quartet as well as in various chamber festivals such as Encore Summer School for Strings, The Quartet Program, and Heifetz International Summer Institute. Chamber coaches include Earl Carlyss, Daniel Heifetz, Nicholas Mann, Desmond Hoebig, and James Dunham.
In addition to having soloed with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, Rachel has also performed as an orchestral musician in the Colburn Chamber Orchestra, Juilliard Orchestra, and Shepherd School of Music Orchestra under such conductors as Ronald Leonard, James DePreist, Bernard Haitink, Tan Dun, and Larry Rachleff. Most recently, she performed as part of Rice University’s Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra in Baltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall conducted under Maestro Rachleff.
Rachel holds a Bachelors degree from The Juilliard School under Heidi Castleman and Misha Amory as well as a Masters degree at Rice University studying under James Dunham. She previously studied with Diana Ray Goodman, John Hayhurst, and Brian Chen. She has also performed in masterclasses with Paul Coletti and David Holland, as well as the renowned Biava Quartet, Cavani Quartet, and Takacs Quartet.
Passionate about spreading the joy of music to the community, Rachel was a part of the Gluck Fellowship program offered at Juilliard, through which she went to a variety of hospitals and care centers throughout the city to perform to audiences ranging from young children to the elderly. In her pre-college days, Rachel also was a part of an ensemble called Sunset Hills String Ensemble, performing similar outreach concerts in Southern California.