Art2Art: Celebrating Inspiration
Cynthia Ellis, flute
Michelle Temple, harp
Agnes Gottschewski, violin
Nancy Eldridge, violin
Pamela Jacobson, viola
Robert Vos, cello
Mouquet: La Flute de Pan, Op.15
Pan et les bergers
Pan et les oiseaux
On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven
Poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven from Symphony No. 5, III IV
Choreography by Lisa Naugle, Ph.D.
Hopkins: Aria & Villancico
Hopkins: Cloud Shadows
Hopkins: Images Sonnantes
Jig and Chorale
Laguna Art Museum hosts this multimedia event spotlighting the art-evoked inspiration which drives artists in every field to create great new works. Featuring a fantastic Pacific Symphony sextet, the program includes music inspired by poetry, dance galvanized by poetry and music, a fascinating video about Georgia O’Keeffe, a new piece by local composer James Hopkins sparked by a painting in the Museum’s collection, and the culmination of a music-focused art competition with the audience choosing the winner.
Art2Art: Celebrating Inspiration is an interactive multimedia event featuring music inspired by poetry, dance triggered by poetry and music, a video screening and a world premiere performance of chamber music sparked by a painting in the Laguna Art Museum’s permanent collection by local composer James Hopkins. The remarkable museum gallery venue, with exceptional California artwork surrounding audience and performers, will provide a memorable experience.
Exciting pre-concert activities include an improvisational dance/art installation incorporating the current LAM exhibition of the light-based art of Phillip K. Smith, and a special hands-on art project for artistically inclined audience members.
We’ll be screening composer and multimedia artist Nell Shaw Cohen’s video The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O’Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape. This is a 10-minute work that focuses on O’Keeffe’s natural inspiration. The musical underscore was written by Cohen as a concert piece, influenced by O’Keeffe’s artwork. The composer often writes in a unique musical style that endeavors to reflect a specific artwork’s rhythms and colors.
A new mini-ballet will be performed, motivated by the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem On Hearing a Symphony of Beethoven and music from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. This thrilling work, choreographed by Lisa Naugle, Head of the Department of Dance at UC Irvine, will be performed by outstanding students from UCI.
Cynthia Ellis is the solo piccolo player for Pacific Symphony and also served as Principal Flute for the Opera Pacific Orchestra from 1995 until the company closed in 2009.
She has served as a member of the Pedagogy Committee for the National Flute Association and also as Program Chair for the NFA's annual convention in Anaheim, CA in 2010. She has taught on the music faculty at the Claremont Graduate School, Pomona College, Biola College, and CSU Fullerton. She currently teaches applied music at Saddleback College, Hope International University and Vanguard University and also serves as music director for Laguna Flutes, a 25+ member flute ensemble. Piccolo is a specialty for Cindy: has been published in Flute Talk Magazine since 2003 as author of the “Let’s Talk Picc” column, and served as an artist in residence at the International Piccolo Symposium in July, 2013, held at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She also served as an instructor for the Long Beach Summer Flute Institute in June, 2015.
Cynthia has recorded for television, motion picture and cartoon soundtracks as well as commercially released chamber music recordings. Beyond Beethoven, with the award winning Les Amis Musicalles trio, was released on the Centaur label, and Jeremy Beck’s Flute Sonata is recorded on the CD Never Final, Never Gone, on the Nova label. This sonata is also dedicated to her. Arioso, her flute and harp duo, is proud to announce the release of Petite Delights, also on the Centaur Label, in May, 2016.
Cynthia shares her home with Pacific Symphony trumpet player Tony Ellis and their three Labrador retrievers. Cindy enjoys fitness and is an active yoga enthusiast. She volunteers for Southern California Labrador Retriever Rescue and also enjoys cooking and reading in her leisure moments.
Harpist Michelle Temple has been a member of Pacific Symphony since 1994, and was awarded the position of Principal Harp with the Santa Barbara Symphony in 1991. She has also served as Principal Harp for Opera Santa Barbara for over 20 years.
An active orchestral musician, she has performed with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, LA Opera, Opera Pacific, Singapore Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Long Beach Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Her many ballet orchestra credits include the American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet, Royal Ballet of London, and the Bolshoi Ballet.
Temple has shared the stage with some of opera’s brightest stars, including Jose Carreras, Deborah Voigt, Frederica von Stade, Denyce Graves, Kiri Te Kanawa, Thomas Hampson and Renée Fleming. With the LA Opera Orchestra, she has appeared in numerous productions featuring Placido Domingo.
In 2005, Temple and flutist Cynthia Ellis formed the duo Arioso out of a shared passion to explore the vibrant and colorful repertory for flute and harp. They have performed innovative recitals and education concerts throughout Orange County, and their first CD Petite Delights was released on the Centaur label in 2016.
After a recent appearance as the featured soloist with the Santa Barbara Symphony, the Santa Barbara Independent praised her performances of Debussy’s Danses Sacree et Profane writing, “she rendered the challenging parts with such grace it seemed effortless”.
Temple holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University and a Master of Music degree from the University of Southern California.
Agnes Gottschewski has been a member of Pacific Symphony's first violin section since 1996. She also holds the position of assistant concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony. She is an active studio musician, but her greatest interest is in playing chamber music. As a chamber musician, she has been performing every summer since 1997 at the Sitka Chamber Music Festival in Sitka, Alaska. She also performed with Camerata Pacifica including a tour to the East Coast, Ireland, and Great Britain. For a number of years she was a member of Southwest Chamber Music, playing many premieres of contemporary chamber music and recording a number of CDs. She has also been an artist faculty member at the Music Fest Aberystwyth in Wales.
Gottschewski is originally from West Berlin, Germany, where she started playing the violin at age 6. After getting an undergraduate degree from the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin she moved to Southern California for graduate studies at the University of California, San Diego and University of California, Santa Barbara.
Nancy Coade Eldridge has been a member of the first violin section of Pacific Symphony since 1996. She has performed with the San Diego Symphony, the San Diego Opera and Opera Pacific, as well as recorded for the motion picture industry in Los Angeles. Summers have been spent at various summer music festivals including the Oregon Coast Music Festival and the Cascade Festival in Oregon, and the Utah Festival Opera Company.
Teaching is an important facet of Eldridge’s career. She maintains a private violin and viola studio in addition to teaching in the Symphony’s elementary school music outreach programs called Class Act and Santa Ana Strings. She also coaches sectionals for Pacific Symphony Santiago Strings and Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Eldridge grew up in San Diego, Calif., the third of three musical sisters who began playing violin in the local Suzuki program. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard School of Music, and her principal teachers include Renata Knific, Marilyn McDonald, Sally Thomas and Joyce Robbins.
Pamela Jacobson became a member of Pacific Symphony in 2008, after subbing for several years. She received a Bachelors of Music degree in violin performance from Chapman University, then took up viola after having a viola made for her by Rena Weisshaar in late 2001. Along with her performances with Pacific Symphony and Opera Pacific, Jacobson plays with various chamber ensembles, covering a diverse assortment of musical styles, from classical to jazz fusion. She also enjoys playing with her church's praise band at Bethel Grace Baptist Church, where her husband Joe is worship pastor.
Robert Vos has been a winner in several solo competitions, including first prize in the Mu Phi Epsilon National String Juries and prizes from the American String Teacher's Association Competition (Collegiate Division). He has also performed in a number of important summer festivals, including as recipient of the Gabor Rejto cello fellowship at the Music Academy of the West, Yale's Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
From 1995-98, he was a member of the New World Symphony where he toured extensively and recorded for the Argo Decca and BMG labels. Since returning to Southern California, he has appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the region, including the Classics Become Eclectic series in Pasadena, and on the Sundays Live program on KUSC F.M. He received his cello training at University of Southern California where he studied with Eleonore Schoenfeld. He is a committed teacher, with extensive training in Suzuki pedagogue, and he has a small studio of private students. Outside of life at the cello, he enjoys hiking and nature photography.