Cameron University presents free concert featuring guest artists Patrice Jackson on cello and David E. Berry on piano

The Cameron University Department of Music will present acclaimed cellist Patrice Jackson in concert on Monday, April 15. A rising star in the world of classical music, Jackson will offer a diverse program that includes Beethoven's "Major Sonata," "Adagio and Allegro" by Schumann, "Per Slava" by Penderecki, Debussy's "Sonata" and "Variations in a Rossini Theme" by Martinu. She will be accompanied by David E. Berry on piano. The concert takes place In the McCutcheon Recital Hall and is open to the public at no charge.  

photo of Patrice JacksonA native of St. Louis, Jackson is the sixth generation in her family to play a stringed instrument. She began piano lessons with her mother at the age of 3 and cello lessons with her father at the age of 8. At 13, she made her debut with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra, performing the Elgar Cello Concerto.

In 2002, she was awarded first place in the Senior Laureate Division of the nationally renowned Sphinx Competition, and she was the recipient of the Yale University Aldo Parisot Prize awarded to a "gifted cellist who shows promise for a concert career." Since then she has performed with major symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. She also made her international orchestral and recital debuts in South Africa in 2002. 

The Detroit News has described her as a "big-toned, boldly projected soloist," and the Hartford Courant wrote that she "wowed the audience with effortless facility, playful phrasing and a sense of spontaneity that one hears usually only from the highest caliber of musicians."

Jackson is a graduate of the Yale School of Music and currently studies at the Julliard School.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Berry was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2007 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition as well as a prizewinner in the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition. He received his Bachelors of Music with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music. He also earned master and doctorate of musical arts degrees from the Juilliard School. Berry is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and is the recipient of the Links Scholarship for Academic Excellence and C.V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship.

He is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players as well as the Core Ensemble. In addition, Berry serves as Coordinator of Chamber Music for the Gateways Music Festival, which is currently in residence at the Eastman School of Music.

Berry’s performances as soloist and chamber musician have been featured at venues such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bechstein Auditorium, the FOCUS festival, Jacoby Symphony Hall, the Gateways Music Festival, as well as in live broadcasts of WQXR (New York). He has also been a featured performer in the “Nights in the Gardens of Spain” and “Chopin, George Sand and Their Circle” Piano Series’ hosted by author David Dubal. Recently, Berry was featured as soloist in the world premiere of Kevin Cummines’ Piano Concerto with the Hudson Symphony Orchestra and also performed the world premiere of James Lee III's piano quintet "Night Visions of Kippur" at the UW World Series in Seattle.

This concert is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

For more information, contact the Cameron University Department of Music at 581-2440.

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April 8, 2013

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