Celebrating the poetry of the air.
Musicfest features the highest caliber local and regional musicians, performing a wide variety of music genres, including classical, jazz, folk, and traditional music from cultures worldwide. Each concert is eclectic, engaging, and fulfilling while providing our patrons access to concerts that enhance our community and enrich our local arts and music cultural scene.
Concerts happen quarterly. Each concert is one hour, a perfect length for a night out with friends and family. Maybe you can enjoy an ice cream at Blacksmith's after the concert!
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January 19 - Winter's Resonance
April 13 - TBA
June 01 - TBA
Shenae Anderson, Violin
John T. Posadas, Viola
Andrew Larson, Cello
Koji Attwood, Piano
Sonata for Violin and Piano by César Frank
I. Allegretto ben moderato
IV. Allegretto poco mosso
Performed by Shenae Anderson, violin, and Koji Attwood, piano
Cello Suite No.3 in C major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Andrew Larson, cello
Sonata for Viola and Piano by Rebecca Clarke
I. Impetuoso - ma non troppo Allegro
Performed by JT Posadas, viola, and Koji Attwood, piano
Six Pieces for Piano by Ottorino Respighi
Performed by Koji Attwood, piano
Piano Quartet by Guillaume Lekeu
Performed by Shenae Anderson, violin, JT Posadas, viola, Andrew Larson, cello, and Koji Attwood, piano
Shenae Anderson, Violin
JT Posadas, Viola
Andrew Larson, Cello
Koji Attwood, Piano
About The Performers:
The second prize winner of the 2022 Schadt String Competition, Shenae Anderson made her concerto debut with the Utah Symphony at age 10 in Abravanel Hall. Accepted to Juilliard at age 16, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in May 2019. She has served as Assistant Concertmaster and Second Violin Principal in the Juilliard Orchestra. In November of 2022, she will participate in a residency alongside the London Symphony Orchestra as a winner of the MAX Keston Fellowship. In 2021, she graduated with a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with Ani Kavafian. At Yale, she was recognized for outstanding achievement as a recipient of the Broadus Erle Prize (2020) and Alumni Association Prize (2021). She has studied at the Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival, and Music Academy of the West all on full scholarship, where she worked under world- renowned conductors Valery Gergiev, Sir Simon Rattle, Larry Rachleff and Gianandrea Noseda. Previous teachers include Masao Kawasaki and Eugene Watanabe. Shenae is on the faculty at Gifted Music School. She has a passion for performing in any capacity and regularly does so as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member.
John T. Posadas
John T. Posadas enjoys an active career as a performer and educator. Recitals have taken him across the country and abroad with appearances at the Kennedy Center, Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Santa Fe Opera, Grand Teton Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Forth Worth Chamber Music Society, and the Chautauqua Institute. His performances have been heard on NPR stations across the country. As a chamber musician, he has won top prizes at the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and is a founding member and the violist for the Baumer String Quartet. Orchestrally, he has performed with the Boston Symphony, Houston Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Chautauqua Symphony, among many others. JT joined the Utah Symphony as a member of the viola section in September 2020.
Before joining the Utah Symphony, he had been a resident artist and adjunct professor of viola and chamber music at the University of South Florida School of Music. A sought-after guest teacher and clinician, Posadas has taught masterclasses and lessons at institutions across America and abroad. Recent highlights include master classes and performances at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Utah State University, the University of Toronto, University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, University of South Dakota, Concordia College, University of Florida, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. For his extraordinary service in the arts, John was named an official Kentucky Colonel at the age of 13.
Cellist Andrew Larson grew up in Minot, North Dakota. He holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory where his teachers included David Ying, Paul Katz, and Natasha Brofsky.
Since 2019, he has held the position of Acting Associate Principal Cello with the Utah Symphony, having joined the orchestra in 2015. His chamber music engagements include performances with the Intermezzo and NOVA chamber series in Salt Lake City, as well as the Abravanel Guest Composer concert series at the University of Utah. He has also been a member of the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra since 2017.
Mr. Larson has traveled to Haiti alongside fellow Utah Symphony members to serve local music talent via the BLUME Haiti program. He is scheduled to return to Cap-Haïtien in March 2023.
Koji Attwood, a Kansas native, made his solo debut at the age of ten, and one year later won 2nd prize at the Young Keyboard Artists International Competition. He earned 2nd prize at both the Stravinsky and Missouri Southern International Keyboard competitions, and was a participant in the International William Kapell Keyboard and the Hamamatsu International Piano competitions. Koji was also a winner of Astral Artistic Services' 2003 International Auditions, and was the featured artist on yamahamusicsoft.com's "New York City Rising Star" series.
Mr. Attwood has performed numerous solo recitals across much of the country, including concerts in Steinway Hall, Lincoln Center, and on the Kosciuszko Foundation Concert Series. He appeared regularly on the "World of the Piano" series at the Juilliard School and was frequently heard on a weekly radio show on New York's WQXR, hosted by David Dubal entitled, "Reflections From the Keyboard: the Pianist in Comparative Performance" and currently on Dubal's new show, "The Piano Matters" on WWFM.
Committed to the performance of contemporary music, Mr. Attwood has given world premiere performances of works by Cynthia Folio, Hector Martinez Morales, and Daniel Ott. Also active in chamber music, Mr. Attwood has performed with members of the Borromeo, St. Lawrence, Koryo, and Enso quartets, and is a regular collaborator with the esteemed dancer, Mikhail Baryshnikov. Mr. Attwood has also performed throughout the United States and in Europe with the Mark Morris Dance Group, Wally Cardona Quartet, and C. Eule Dance. In May and June 2010, he joined the American Ballet Theatre for eight sold-out all-Chopin performances at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, playing in the company's critically lauded premiere of the John Neumeier ballet Lady of the Camellias.
Mr. Attwood's recent performances include a highly acclaimed recital at Merkin Hall in New York City, a European debut at the Husum festival in Germany, debut in Canada at the Theatre Outremont in Montreal, and an invitation by the Fondation Cziffra to perform at the Chapelle Royale Saint-Frambourg in France. He is featured, along with pianists Marc-Andre Hamelin, Lev Vinacour, and Daniel Berman on the 2009 "Rarities of Piano" Danacord release, and as an avid transcriber, has over twenty arrangements to his credit, some of which are available at www.abundantsilence.org.
Prior to receiving a Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin, Koji studied at the University of Kansas with Richard Angeletti. He went on to earn a Master of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, under the tutelage of Jerome Lowenthal. Mr. Attwood currently serves on the faculty of the Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, Utah, as an instructor in piano, lecturer on music history, and chamber music coach. Additionally, he has been a visiting professor of piano at both Utah State University [2017-18], and the University of Utah [2019-22]. Koji is a Yamaha Artist.
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