Eko Nova is a concert series that is produced in collaboration between the Omaha Chamber Music Society, and The Kaneko. The purpose of the series is to promote music of contemporary and living composers, in an intimate listening space.
5/28/2017: Eko Nova 15-01 Arx Duo
Hear the often overlooked genre of chamber percussion in this week’s episode of Eko Nova. The Arx Duo performs music for percussion and marimba, exploring textures within rhythm.
Nagoya Marimba - Steve Reich
Seeds - DESVIO
Loneliness of Santa Clause - Fredrik Andersson
Silence Treatment - Jonathan Allen
Book of Grooves - Alejandro Vinao
I. A Spanish Groove
II. Colours of Groove
III. Texture Groove
IV. Dance Groove Drifting
The Arx Duo is:
Native of Japan, Mari is known for her sensitive and graceful
performing style. With a varied interest in chamber music, solo
recitals, and orchestral performances, she has worked with
conductors such as Simon Rattle, Charles Dutoit, Christoph
Eschenbach, and Alan Gilbert. Her recent performances
include Japan recitals in Tokyo and her native Kagoshima, an
appearance at Verizon Hall in Philadelphia as one of the
soloists for Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion
with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and the world premiere
and recording of Paul Lansky’s Partita: Suite of Guitar and
Percussion (Bridge Records). Mari moved to the United States
in 2007 to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, and later
continued schooling at the Yale School of Music. She currently
lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
The new percussionist of Ensemble ACJW, Garrett’s richness
of sound identifies the sincerity and intellectual curiosity in his
performances. His passion in developing the genre of
percussion music has inspired many composers and musicians.
Garrett’s recent commissioning projects include the premiere
of The Book of Grooves by Alejandro Vinao, as well as working
with composers such as Martin Bresnick, James Wood, and
many young composers. As a member of Ensemble ACJW, he
performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, and works as a teaching
artist at schools in the New York City district and other east
coast areas. A native of Michigan, he studied at Michigan State
University, the Peabody Conservatory, and the Yale School of
6/04/2017: Eko Nova 15-02 Fiddle ‘N’ Blues
This week on Eko Nova, a string quartet tackles music with an American twist, exploring classical connections to the blues and bluegrass, including songs by Aaron Jay Kernis, and Mark O’Conner.
Blackberry Mull - Mark O’Connor
Blue/s Forms - Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
Mozart en Route - Aaron Jay Kernis
Seven Tunes Heard in China - Bright Sheng
Bach to Blues - John Clayton
Four Points of View - Nicola Resanovic
Appalachia Waltz - Mark O’Connor
Danielle Meier is currently a member of the Omaha and
Lincoln Symphonies in Nebraska, as well as Professor of
Double Bass at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. She
earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music
Performance from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Thomas Kluge is the principal violist of the Omaha Symphony,
an active chamber music player, recitalist and soloist. Mr. Kluge
was educated in New York City at the Manhattan School of
Music, where his teacher was New York Philharmonic principal
violist Leonard Davis. Mr. Kluge teaches viola and is the orchestra
director at Creighton University.
Elizabeth Furuta began playing the violin at the age of
four, inspired by the television show Sesame Street. She
joined the Omaha Symphony in 2015 as second associate
concertmaster. Prior to her appointment, she was a member
of the Canton Symphony Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, and
the concertmaster of the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra. Ms.
Furuta holds bachelor and master degrees in violin
performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Paul Ledwon is currently principal cellist of the Omaha
Symphony Orchestra, a position he has held since 1999. His
frequent solo appearances with the orchestra have
included works by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and
Schumann. Ledwon has also been a member of the
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. In 1997 he joined the
Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra in Door County, WI, and
has been principal cellist there since 2004.
6/11/2017: Eko Nova 15-03 Dancing in Chains
For this final episode of the 2015 season of Eko Nova, it’s music written from a place of oppression, featuring a piece by composer David Bruce who was inspired by events in South Africa during Apartheid.
Entr’acte - Caroline Shaw
String Quartet #3 - Bela Bartok
1. Prima parte: Moderato
2. Seconda parte: Allegro
3. Ricapitulazione della prima parte:
Moderato-Coda: Allegro Molto
Dance 1. Angry, w attitude
Dance 2. Presto
Dance 3. Untitled
Dance 4. Light and joyful
Dance 5. Jubilante
Violinist Stephanie Cathcart joined the Kansas City Symphony
after several seasons with the Utah Symphony. She received her
Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Colorado at
Boulder and a Master of Music degree from Boston University.
While living in Boston, Cathcart performed with Boston Musica
Viva, the Vermont Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra Project,
and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Maria Crosby began studying the cello at the age of six,
influenced by her ardent classical music enthusiast parents
and five string-playing siblings. She has degrees from Depaul
and the USC Thornton School of Music, and has performed on
stages across the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Lithuania,
Armenia, Greece, Russia, Japan and Brazil. Ms. Crosby joined
the Kansas City Symphony in 2012.
Violinist Sunho Kim joined the Kansas City Symphony in
2008, and holds the position of assistant concertmaster.
Kim made her solo debut at age 14 with the
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Originally from South-Korea,
Kim studied in Germany and Denmark and has an Artist
Diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory and master’s degree
from the New England Conservatory.
Philip Kramp is currently a violist with the Kansas City
Symphony. Prior to that he was an active freelancer in
New York City, playing regularly with the Mark Morris Dance
Group, New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra.
As a chamber musician he has played at the Marlboro,
Yellow Barn and Ravinia festivals. He studied at the Curtis
Institute and the New England Conservatory.