Join Luna Nova Music musicians Daniel Gilbert (violin), Sabrina Laney Warren (soprano), and Brian Ray (piano) for Summer Thoughts, a program of works by J.S. Bach, Alfred Schnittke, Claude Debussy, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and Samuel Barber.
Luna Nova Music supports performances of a wide range of twentieth century classics, music of established living composers, and premieres by emerging composers. With concerts, masterclasses and private instruction, Luna Nova Music maintains a strong commitment to the education of performers and listeners, and to the cause of new music in educational institutions and beyond.
Doors open at 7 pm | Performance starts at 7:30 pm
J.S. Bach: Suite No. 1 for Cello, Prelude (arr. for violin)
Alfred Schnittke: Suite in the Old Style, Op. 30
Claude Debussy: Images, Series II
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Summer Thoughts
Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer, 1915, Op. 24
About the performers:
Daniel Gilbert is a free-lance violinist in Memphis. He plays regularly with PRIZM, the Memphis Symphony, Luna Nova, and at the Orpheum Theater. He also teaches at the Bellevue School of Performing Arts. Daniel began violin studies with his grandfather Noel Gilbert when Noel was the Music Director of the Germantown Symphony. This early influence planted dual seeds of a love of music and of the violin. Daniel is grateful to Noel for sharing so much of his time and for his patient teaching. Daniel is married to Lori, also a violinist and they have two sons, Isai and Calum.
Praised as a “powerful and finely nuanced soprano” (Rhein-Neckar Zeitung) with “seemingly unlimited vocal possibilities,” (Augsburger Allgemeine) Sabrina Laney Warren has international acclaim and has performed opera, concert, and oratorio works throughout North America and Europe. Solidifying herself as an international artist, Sabrina has performed as a guest artist with the Festival Durance Luberon in France, the Eutiner Festspiele in Germany, the Deutsche-Amerikan Musik Fest in Germany, and the Differdange International Festival in Luxembourg. As the soprano soloist in the European tour of Ein deutsches Requiem, her performance was lauded as “a soft-lined, expressive consolation song full of vocal grace” (Augsburger Allgemeine). She also received critical acclaim for her performance of Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, “It was a rare pleasure to hear Warren sing and a pleasure to note the ease in which she soared to the high notes and then plunged into resonant low notes…and after she had committed vocally and emotionally to Agee’s lyrics she had the audience completely in her thrall” (The Oak Ridger).
In addition to private piano instruction at Rhodes College, Brian Ray is the departmental collaborative pianist and also teaches piano classes at the University of Memphis. He has been a soloist with the University of Memphis Orchestra and the Memphis Civic Orchestra and has performed extensively as an assisting pianist in voice recitals. His most recent collaborative ventures have included art song recitals of works by Richard Hundley, Samuel Barber, Libby Larsen, and Rebecca Clarke. He has been a student of Allison Nelson, and he currently studies with Joan Gilbert. His areas of research include the piano works of Joseph Marx, piano repertoire of the 20th century, works for piano ensemble, and harpsichord.