Red Chair Spotlight #1 (Kirsten Marshall & Sarah Cummings)

Red Chair Spotlight #1 (Kirsten Marshall & Sarah Cummings)


Saturday, November 21, 2020

3:00 pm First Presbyterian Church  

THIS SPECIAL NEW OFFERING, now in its third season, features our talented Red Chair musicians, those whose chairs have been sponsored by a generous donor.  This combination of a recital and catered reception (wine and non-alcoholic drinks available), will showcase individual musicians in unique programs, created by the performers themselves.

Our first Red Chair Spotlight of the season will feature violinist KIRSTEN MARSHALL, whose chair is sponsored by David and Lesli Sagan,and violinist SARAH CUMMINGS (Howard and Robin Hess Memorial Chair).  We are honored to have pianist KARL PAULNACK joining us for this special fundraising event.


LECLAIR: Sonata for Two Violins in E Minor
SHOSTAKOVICH: Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano

MAKRIS: Little Milton on the Beach for Two Violins
CLARA SCHUMANN:  Romance for Violin #3
MARION BAUER: “Up the Ocklawaha”
MOSZKOWSKI: Suite for Two Violins and Piano

**Please note the location has changed.  This recital will now take place at the First Presbyterian Church.**

For the 2020-21 Season, our Red Chair events will be “pay what you can.”   Donations of any amount are welcome.  Tickets to attend in person must be reserved in advance.   If you sign up to join us online, you’ll be sent the zoom link the day before the recital.

Kirsten Marshall (violin, David and Lesli Sagan Chair) is Director of Orchestral Programs and a violin instructor at Ithaca Talent Education in Ithaca, NY, as well as part time lecturer in violin performance at Ithaca College. She is also the conductor for the newly established CCO Youth Orchestra.  Ms. Marshall received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from… click here to read her full bio.

Sarah Cummings (violin, Howard and Robin Hess Memorial Chair) has been holding a violin since the age of four and earned music degrees from Ithaca College and Northwestern University.  Active in the upstate New York area as… Click here to read her full bio.

Pianist Karl Paulnack is a keynote speaker, writer, workshop facilitator, and national thought leader on the Power of Music. He has keynoted major national conventions and his writings on music have been cited or excerpted in numerous publications and quoted in official testimony to the United States Congress. Prior to serving as Dean of the School or Music at Ithaca College from 2013-2020, Mr. Paulnack served as Director of the Boston Conservatory’s Music Division from 2002-2013. He serves on the National Executive Committee of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, which honored him with the Signature Sinfonian award in 2011.  He is also an associate and consultant with the Aspen Leadership Group.  We are honored to have him return to a CCO stage.



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What Should I Expect at a Concert?
— Each ticket can be used to attend in-person (pending capacity limits) OR you can join the concert via livestream.
— Physical distancing (6 ft minimum) and face masks will be required at all CCO concerts.
— Shorter programs (usually about 60 minutes) with no intermission.
— General admission seating so you can more easily observe physical distancing guidelines.

All tickets must be reserved in advance (though you may pay at the door).  Ticket sales at the door will be temporarily suspended since we need to track the number of in-person audience members to ensure we stay within the permitted capacity at each venue.


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