LEWISBURG, Pa. — Cellist Andrew Rammon and pianist Holly Roadfeldt-O'Riordan will perform in concert Sunday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The program, which is free to the public, will feature two of the great masterpieces for the piano and cello: the Sonata in D Minor, op. 40 of Dimitri Shostakovitch, and the Sonata in G Minor, op. 19 of Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Holly Roadfeldt-O'Riordan, assistant professor of piano at Susquehanna University, holds degrees in piano performance from the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, and the University of Colorado in Boulder. As a soloist, she made her orchestral debut with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She has appeared with the University of Colorado Orchestra, the Eastman Musica Nova Ensemble, the Indiana University Wind Ensemble, and the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. In addition, she has performed two concertos with the University of Colorado Wind Ensemble under the direction of Allan McMurray including a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles Conference in Hamamatsu, Japan.
A dedicated performer of contemporary music, Roadfeldt-O'Riordan has premiered more than 70 works for solo piano and for various chamber ensembles. In 1996, she was awarded the prize for the "Best Performance of a 20th-century American Composition" in the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition which resulted in a performance in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Additional contemporary music honors include being a semi-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in 1998 and 2001 as a contemporary music specialist.
Andrew Rammon teaches studio cello at Bucknell, Susquehanna, and Mansfield universities and Lycoming College. Born in Las Vegas and raised in a family of American musicians in Germany, he began his musical studies at the prestigious Frankfurter Musikhochschule in the young artist program. He returned to the United States to attend Pepperdine University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has served as a principal cellist of festival orchestras in Germany, Japan and Russia, working under the batons of renowned conductors Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Principal cellist for the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Rammon's performance of Dmitri Shostakovich's "First Cello Concerto" broke attendance and sales records when he performed it with the WSO in 2004. Rammon also has been with the Grammy-nominated Eaken Trio since 2001.
During the 2006 season, he performed the Dvorak cello concerto with the Southwest Symphony in New Mexico, and the Saint-Saëns cello concerto with the Bloomsburg University Orchestra. He also participated in a concert tour of Europe as part of the Eaken piano trio with concerts in Venice, Verona, Milan, Munich, Strasbourg, Luzerne, and Paris.
Posted Nov. 3, 2006