Hidden Treasures from the 19th Century
February 29, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Horacio Nuguid, pianist
David Townsend, clarinetist
Laura Sewell, cellist
Carl Frühling (1868-1937) - Trio in A Minor, Op. 40
I. Mäbig schnell
II. Anmutig bewegt
IV. Allegro vivace
Carl Reinecke (1824-1910) - Fantasiestücke, Op. 22 for Clarinet and Piano
I. Mit Aumuth
II. Flüchtig und leicht
III. Deutscher Walzer: Sehr mässig
IV. Canon: Lento ma non troppo
Ferdinand Ries (1784-1838) - Grand Trio in Bb Major, Op 28
II. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
Masterpieces by not so known composers with guest cellist Laura Sewell!
Pianist Horacio Nuguid received his music performance degrees from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With an extensive repertoire, he has performed both in solo recitals and concerto programs with various orchestras in the Philippines, Mexico and the United States. He recently gave premiere performances with different orchestras of the Clara Schumann's Konzertsatz, Mario Pilati's Suite and Ferdinand Ries' Grand Variations on Rule Britannia. As founder and artistic director of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Nuguid collaborates with distinguished artists in the region and is an advocate in promoting the talents of local young artists. Nuguid has presented master classes internationally. He currently serves as artist/faculty at the Young Artist World Piano Festival at Bethel University in St. Paul and is a frequent guest artist of the Philippine High School for the Arts. Dr. Nuguid is also a sought after adjudicator in state and regional piano competitions. In 2014, he was the recipient of the Ardee Award for “outstanding artist.” Nuguid currently resides in Rochester with his wife and fellow piano teacher Rosanna Faller Nuguid.
David Townsend, clarinet, is a soloist, educator, and woodwind repair technician. He was the principal clarinetist of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale for 32 years, and is a founding member of the Rochester Chamber Music Society, which began in 2003. His concerto performances include works of Mozart, Weber, Spohr, Bruch, Krommer, Molter, Hindemith, and Copland. His quintet performances include works by Mozart, Brahms, Reger, Reicha, and Hindemith. He has earned degrees from Indiana University, Michigan State University, and the University of Arizona, and has also studied chamber music at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. His primary teachers include John Denman, Rudolf Jettel, Keith Stein, Elsa Ludwig-Verdehr, and Lawrence Maxey. After serving three years as a clarinetist and recitalist with the U.S. Army Band at West Point, New York, he subsequently taught at the college level for 13 years before turning to woodwind repair and restoration, a second career he pursued for 34 years. He is now retired and recognized as a master of restoration and repair that served musicians internationally. Also, he has continued to maintain his teaching with selected students and resides in Rochester with his wife, Jane.
Cellist Laura Sewell enjoys an active and varied musical career. From 2007-2016, she was a member of the esteemed Artaria String Quartet. In recent seasons, the quartet was appointed as one of Minnesota Public Radio’s ensembles-in-residence, was featured on Twin Cities Public Television’s Minnesota Originals series, and performed the complete Shostakovich quartet cycle to critical acclaim. Earlier in her career, Ms. Sewell was the founding cellist of the award-winning Lark Quartet. During her tenure in that ensemble the quartet won the bronze medal at the Banff International String Quartet Competition, served as the graduate string quartet-in-residence at the Juilliard School, and had a teaching residency at San Diego State University. Her chamber music teachers have included members of the Juilliard, American, Tokyo, Guarneri and Budapest quartets, as well as master teachers Felix Galimir, Josef Gingold, and William Pleeth. Ms. Sewell received her bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Leonard Rose, and her master’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alan Harris. She has done additional cello study with Ronald Leonard, Gabor Rejto and Laszlo Varga, and has performed in master classes for Janos Starker and Bernard Greenhouse. As a student she attended summer festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood, Interlochen, Meadowmount, and Aldeburgh. She also had the unique opportunity, at the age of 17, to spend half a year in London studying with the legendary cellist, Jacqueline du Pré. Ms. Sewell has performed concertos and appeared in solo recitals in New York and throughout the Midwest, including the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series on WFMT in Chicago. She has appeared on American Public Media’s Saint Paul Sunday and on A Prairie Home Companion on several occasions. Since 1993 she and renowned jazz pianist, Butch Thompson, have performed together as a duo and have recorded a critically acclaimed CD. She has had solo cello works written for her by distinguished composers Paul Schoenfield, Stephen Paulus and Steve Heitzeg. Over the past two decades, Ms. Sewell has been on the faculties of Augsburg College, the MacPhail Center for Music, Madeline Island Music Camp, Stringwood, and the Artaria Chamber Music School. She last played for RCMS in our February 2018 jazz concert.