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 Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: Peter Fancovic, Pianist

Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: Peter Fancovic, Pianist

  • Thursday
    Jan 24
  • 7:00 pm
  • $30 per ticket

Slovakia-born Peter Fancovic began at an early age as a soloist with the Conservatory’s Symphonic Orchestra and Bratislava Chamber Orchestra, winning first prize in the National Conservatory Competition. He received his master’s degree in piano performance at Manhattan School of Music in New York City. Though certainly an accomplished classical pianist, Fancovic has performed his own jazz transcriptions and renditions of early jazz piano music. He has been awarded prizes in the J. N. Hummel Competition held in Slovakia and, in the Czech Republic, the Marianske Lazne International Chopin Competition and the Hradec International Beethoven Competition.


 Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: Con Brio Quartet, Strings

Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: Con Brio Quartet, Strings

  • Wednesday
    Feb 13
  • 7:00 pm
  • $30 per ticket

This young, international quartet made up of musicians from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Mexico has been thrilling audiences throughout the United States and abroad.

Violinist Valentin Mansurov studied at the most prestigious musical institutions in the former U.S.S.R., and has had the honor of performing for George and Barbara Bush, as well as former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. Violinist Marina Lenau, a Ukrainian-born American, has been performing as a soloist and in chamber groups, and is currently completing her doctorate in musical arts. Violist David Pedraza, born in Reynosa, Mexico, performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas under Placido Domingo, Carlos Prieto and Gustavo Dudamel, and is principal viola with the Symphony of the Americas. Cellist Aziz Sapaev is an award-winning musician born in Uzbekistan, where he started formal cello studies at the age of 13 before moving to Turkey for his education.


 Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: The Sanibel Trio

Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: The Sanibel Trio

  • Thursday
    Mar 07
  • 7:00 pm
  • $30 per ticket

This local trio is comprised of: Renata Arado, violinist; Renata’s husband, Espen Lilleslatten, on viola; and Erik Entwistle, pianist. Erik’s Rhapsody for violin, viola and piano will premiere during this evening concert at Shell Point. For 13 years, Renata Arado served as principal second violin of Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, while her husband Espen Lilleslatten served as concertmaster. Espen is an associate professor of violin at Louisiana State University. Both teach and perform at the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado and perform as a duo, including a recital at Carnegie Hall. Erik Entwistle has been performing and teaching for more than 30 years. His recordings feature the music of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.


 Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: Chrysalis Chamber Players

Shell Point Concerts & Conversations Series: Chrysalis Chamber Players

  • Tuesday
    Apr 16
  • 7:00 pm
  • $30 per ticket

The Chrysalis Chamber Players is a nonprofit chamber music ensemble offering a kaleidoscope of high-caliber chamber music. Its members and founders are from South Florida, featuring trumpeter Mary Elizabeth Bowden, flutist Meghan Brachle and pianist Catherine Lan. The group collaborates with a variety of other musicians in innovative programs in Florida and across the country, performing a range of works by classical and contemporary composers at venues including the Marlboro Music Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Verbier and Lucerne Festivals in Switzerland, and with the Louisville, Naples, New World and Richmond symphonies, among others.

Mary Elizabeth Bowden is principal trumpet of the Sarasota Opera Orchestra and the Artosphere Festival Orchestra. Meghan Brachle has performed with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, New World Symphony, Boca Sinfonia, Symphony of the Americas and the Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra. Catherine Lan conducts master classes in the United States, Singapore and Thailand, and serves on the faculty of Broward College and Palm Beach Atlantic University. A co-founder/artistic director of Beaux Arts Chamber Music Series in Naples, Catherine also performs with Steinway Artist Tao Lin as Duo Beaux Arts.