HCC sets the stage for cellist

May 02, 2002

Candlelight Concerts will present cellist Clancy Newman, winner of the 2001 Walter W. Naumburg Competition, in a performance of works by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Piazzolla at 8 p.m. Saturday at Howard Community College's Smith Theatre.

The New York-based Naumburg Foundation supports young artists with grants, and by promoting and subsidizing their concerts. Foundation proteges who have performed in the Candlelight Concert series in Columbia include violinists Robert Mann and Elmar Oliveira; soprano Dawn Upshaw; pianist William Kapell (for whom the University of Maryland's Kapell Piano Competition is named); violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; and ensembles such as the Emerson and Ying quartets and the Eroica piano trio.

Newman will perform Beethoven's variations on the theme Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen from The Magic Flute by Mozart; Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor by Shostakovich; Brahms' Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Major, Op. 99; and Piazzolla's Le Grand Tango.

The cellist was born in Australia and grew up in Albany, N.Y. He earned a master's degree from the Juilliard School and a bachelor's degree in English from Columbia University. He has studied with David Gibson, Joel Krosnick and Harvey Shapiro, and he participated in the Gregor Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists at the University of Southern California and the Marlboro (Vt.) Music Festival.

Newman will be accompanied by pianist Noreen Cassidy-Polera, winner of the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow, who has performed with cellists Leonard Rose, Yo-Yo Ma and Carter Brey.

The theater is at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $24; $18 for senior citizens, and $9 for students. Information: 410-715-0034.

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