Signature Series

Signature Series

Bringing the finest musicians
to Stocker Arts Center's
Cirigliano Studio Theatre

Jeffrey Mumford, Curator


2015-2016 Signature Concert Series


Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:30pm - Free
Signature Series Recital
Ars Futura
Cirigliano Studio Theatre
Celebrated Cleveland-based new music ensemble presents a program featuring Schoenberg's seminal "Pierrot Lunaire". 

Ars Futura is a Cleveland-based collective of classically trained musicians who commission and perform new music. Dedicated to building communities in which the arts play an indispensable role, the ensemble connects with audiences through innovative programming, exploration of engaging concert formats, and performances of the highest artistic quality.

Since its inaugural performance in 2013 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ars Futura has presented concerts in a range of venues and formats with the aim of bringing its music to a diverse body of listeners. The ensemble has performed at such northeast Ohio venues as the Bop Stop, 78th Street Studios, the Cleveland Public Library, MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland Heights' Deming House, the Cleveland Institute of Music's Mixon Hall, and on the Wooster Chamber Music Series, in addition to concerts in Philadelphia and Baltimore. Ars Futura was the Ensemble in Residence for the Cleveland Institute of Music's Young Composers Program in 2013 and 2014, as well as the performing ensemble for MOCA Cleveland's 2014 reality show-style composer competition, the Avant-Garde Idol.

As an ensemble of six committed educators, Ars Futura believes that arts education for all children is a crucial component of a vibrant society. The ensemble has carried out educational projects with institutions such as the Baltimore Symphony's OrchKids program, Philadelphia's Play On Philly program, and Cleveland's Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School, all of which provide free musical instruction to children who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 7:30pm - Free
Signature Series Recital
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin and Craig Ketter, piano
Cirigliano Studio Theatre

Acclaimed for her "tonal mastery" (BBC Music Magazine) and "searing intensity" (American Record Guide), violinistKelly Hall-Tompkins is forging a dynamic career as a soloist and chamber musician. Winner of a Naumburg International Violin Competition Honorarium Prize as well as a Concert Artists Guild Career Grant, Ms. Hall-Tompkins has appeared as soloist with orchestras including the Dallas Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of New York, and Philharmonic of Uruguay, in addition to numerous concerts and recitals in cities including New York, Washington, Toronto, Chicago, Baltimore, and Greenville, South Carolina, and at festivals in France, Germany and Italy.

A significant collaborating partner with violinist/composer Mark O'Connor, Ms. Hall-Tompkins regularly performs his Double Violin Concerto with O'Connor in concerts across the United States.  As a passionate chamber musician, Ms. Hall-Tompkins is first violinist of the new O'Connor String Quartet, performing in concerts nationally, including Tanglewood, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and Lincoln Center's Great Performer's Circle, and a member of the Florida-based Ritz Chamber Players, including concerts in residence at Jacksonville's Times Union Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival's "Rising Stars Series," New York at Lincoln Center's Allen Room, and in Baltimore in collaboration with BSO concertmaster and string principals, along with many other venues. She has performed at the Garth Newel Music Center, Chamber Music South Dakota, New York City's Bargemusic, live on WNYC's "Soundcheck", at Miami's Deering Estate Series and for the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild.

Additional performance highlights include a 2007 Benefit for the Victims of Darfur at Carnegie Hall. Ms. Hall-Tompkins was invited by actress Mia Farrow and conductor George Matthew to perform as soloist before an orchestra comprised of musicians from every major orchestra in the world. In 2002 Hall-Tompkins commissioned a new work for violin and percussion from the German composer Siegfried Matthus, which was premiered at Michigan's Pine Mountain Music Festival. Ms. Hall-Tompkins' performances have been broadcast in New York by WQXR, by Chicago's WFMT and on the BBC.

Ms. Hall-Tompkins' newest recording project is Imagination, a double video release of the Ysaÿe sonata No. 6 and her own jazz arrangement of "Pure Imagination" from the original film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The videos will be released online in early 2014 and will also available on a Collector's Edition DVD. She released her debut CD recording in 2002, featuring the Kodaly duo, Brahms D minor Sonata and the Ravel Tzigane.  Ms. Hall-Tompkins released her second CD, entitled In My Own Voice, in 2008, featuring music by Kreisler, Saint-Saëns, William Grant, and David Baker. The album was praised by Fanfare for its "opulent intensity" and by The Strad, which described Hall-Tompkins' "winning way," noting her "mercurial charms [and] genial touch...impressive."

Ms. Hall-Tompkins' distinguished orchestral career has included extensive touring in the United States and internationally with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Japan, Singapore, Scotland and a recording with countertenor Andreas Scholl.  She has also performed over 150 performances with the New York Philharmonic, under conductors including Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Andre Previn, Charles Dutoit and Valery Gergiev.  In 2010 Ms. Hall-Tompkins became co-concertmaster of the Philadelphia-based Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and in 2007, concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, which performed its debut concert in Carnegie's Zankel Hall in the Fall '07 with Ms. Hall-Tompkins also as soloist.  In 1999 she joined the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

A dedicated humanitarian, Ms. Hall-Tompkins founded and directs Music Kitchen-Food for the Soul, which has, to date, brought over 60 chamber music performances to New York City homeless shelters, with over 100 artists including Emanuel Ax, Albrecht Mayer, Jeff Ziegler and Rene Marie. Kelly and Music Kitchen have been featured in The New York Times, on and, plus Strings Magazine, Chamber Music America Magazine, Spirituality and Health Magazine, Columbia University Radio and cable's Hallmark Channel.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Ms. Hall-Tompkins began her violin studies at age nine.  She earned a Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music under the mentorship of Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.  While there, she was concertmaster of both of the school's orchestras.  Prior to that, she earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in violin performance with a minor in French from the Eastman School of Music studying with Charles Castleman.  While at Eastman she won the school's prestigious Performer's Certificate Competition, several scholarship awards from the New York Philharmonic, and was invited to perform chamber music on the school's Kilbourn Concert Series with members of the faculty.

An avid polyglot, Ms. Hall-Tompkins studies and speaks seven languages.  She lives in New York City with her husband Joe and their dog Billy.

Monday, April 4, 2016 at 7:30pm - Free
Signature Series Recital
Christine Lamprea, ‘cello
Cirigliano Studio Theatre

Hailed a "firebrand" (Incident and noted for her "supreme panache" (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Colombian-American cellist Christine Lamprea was the First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition. She joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program, and as such is presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She has also received awards from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Young Texas Artists' Competition and captured First Prize at the 2013 Schadt National String Competition. A winner of Astral Artists' 2013 National Auditions, Ms. Lamprea has appeared as soloist with the Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, and Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, and has toured with the Sphinx Virtuosi across the U.S., in such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Upcoming engagements include performances with the Abilene Philharmonic and the Costa Rica National Symphony and solo recitals at Pepperdine University and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

In 2016, she premieres Jeffrey Mumford's 'cello Concerto of fields unfolding  . . . echoing depths of resonant light, with both the San Antonio Symphony and Ensemble 212 in New York. Additional performances by the Detroit, Omaha  & Richmond (VA) Symphonies in the following season.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. Lamprea has performed in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, in such venues as Alice Tully Hall, the Beethovenhaus, the Kennedy Center, and the Metropolitan Museum. She has participated in the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School, Perlman Music Program, the Banff Centre, and Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, performing alongside such esteemed musicians as Mark Hill, Maria Lambros, Nicholas Mann, Itzhak Perlman, Roger Tapping, and Carol Wincenc.

Ms. Lamprea strives to expand her musical boundaries by exploring many genres of music as well as non-traditional venues for performance and teaching. She has worked with members of Baroque ensemble Les Arts Florissants, and studied sonatas with fortepiano with Audrey Axinn. She has premiered several works by composers at The Juilliard School and the New England Conservatory. She was a member of a small ensemble that worked with jazz musician Anthony Coleman on avant-garde composer John Zorn's game piece Cobra, for musical improvisers and prompter. A passionate teacher, Ms. Lamprea worked with Ecuadorian youth in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, as part of a residency between The Juilliard School and "Sinfonia Por La Vida," a social inclusion program modeled after Venezuela's El Sistema program. She continued to pursue musical outreach as a Gluck Community Service Fellow at Juilliard, performing in hospitals and nursing homes in and around New York City as part of a mixed ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians.

Ms. Lamprea is the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. She studied with Bonnie Hampton at The Juilliard School and holds a Master's degree from the New England Conservatory, where she studied with Natasha Brofsky. Previous teachers include Ken Freudigman and Ken Ishii.

Sorry you missed these great recitals:

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 7:30pm - Free
Signature Series Recital
Cirigliano Studio Theatre

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30pm - Free
Signature Series Recital
James Dickenson, violin
with Jameson Cooper, violin
Cirigliano Studio Theatre

Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 7:30pm - Free
Signature Series Recital
The Eva Hornyak Memorial Concert
Les Délices
Cirigliano Studio Theatre


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