David Schepps, cello | Tracy Cowden and Richard Masters, piano

Music on Mondays | Visiting and Faculty Artists

Recital Salon, Squires | Music

October 9, 2017 at 8:00pm

Visiting artist and cellist David Schepps performs a recital with faculty pianists Tracy Cowden and Richard Masters.

View program notes here.

Performing Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 36  by Edward Grieg, 3 pieces from "Jewish Life"  by Ernest Bloch, Sonata No. 3 in A major, Op. 69 by Ludwig van Beethoven and Requiebros (flattery), 1931 (dedicated to Pablo Casals) by Gaspar Cassado

Schepps holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Mannes College of Music in New York, an MM and DMA from Arizona State University (ASU), and did pre-college study at the Manhattan School of Music (MSM). After extensive study with legendary cellist Pierre Fournier in Geneva on an ITT Fellowship and an ASU Graduate Research Grant, Schepps wrote his doctoral thesis on Fournier’s technique and interpretations of the Beethoven cello/piano works. Dr. Schepps has been a university professor since 1985, and his students have won positions, competitions and scholarships throughout the world. He has hosted many guest artists and cello festivals involving hundreds of cellists of all ages and levels.

Cowden serves as Faculty Chair of Music, teaches piano, and coaches voice. As a collaborative pianist, she frequently performs with a diverse array of soloists and chamber ensembles. She is a passionate advocate for new music, and has premiered many new chamber works with colleagues around the country.

Praised by critics as “extraordinary” (The DCist) and "astounding" (CVNC), Masters is a soloist, opera coach, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist based in Blacksburg, VA (where he recently joined the faculty at Virginia Tech).  Significant collaborations include concerts with baritone Donnie Ray Albert, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen, mezzo-soprano Barbara Conrad, and many others. He has appeared with former Boston Symphony principal trombonist Norman Bolter, former Juilliard String Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss, saxophonist Harvey Pittel, and under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Dr. Masters has performed solo, chamber, and vocal recitals throughout the U.S. and in Europe.


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OCT. 22 Fall Choir Showcase

DEC. 11 DISIS Concert: electroacoustic music and multimedia

DEC. 12 Virginia Tech String Project

Main Street InnThe Inn at Virginia Tech, and Hyatt Place are the official lodging sponsors for the Music on Mondays and Visiting Artists series.


$15 general | $12 senior | $7 student

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