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Shepherd Fund Concert Oct. 16 to Feature Cello, Guitar

October 10, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Community No Comments


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COLLINSVILLE, Conn. – The Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund will open its 2016-2017 concert season in collaboration with a new artistic partner – Five Points Gallery of Torrington, Conn. Cellist Jacques Lee Wood and guitarist Simon Powis will perform at the gallery on Sunday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m. Works will include Bartok’s Hungarian Dances and Piazzolla’s L’historie du Tango.

In addition to the performance by Wood and Powis, attendees will have the opportunity to view an exhibit at the gallery that showcases the works of artists A. Walter Kendra, Geoffrey Detrani and Peter Howe. Five Points is located at 33 Main St., Torrington,

After meeting as students at the Yale School of Music, Wood and Powis went their separate ways to build impressive careers as soloists. Noted for his expressive warmth, sensitivity and technical ease, Wood’s performance career covers a broad range of repertoire and interests – from historically informed performance on baroque cello to commissioning and performing new works on modern cello to playing bluegrass banjo and mandolin.

He was a top prizewinner at the ARTs competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, and has performed extensively across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Wood is currently the artistic director of music at Eden’s Edge, based on Boston’s North Shore, and is a principal player with the Grammy-nominated Trinity Baroque Orchestra.

Powis, a native of Australia, is noted for his passionate and expressive style, coupled with a formidable technique. He has toured extensively as a soloist with performances at the Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.), Australia House (London) and the Banff Center for the Arts (Canada). A strong passion for chamber music has resulted in international collaborations ranging from traditional groups such as the Modigliani String Quarter to less common performances with double bass, electronics and the tuba.

Prowis’s openness to innovation is demonstrated by his devotion to performing new works. He has collaborated with a variety of composers to premiere over 30 new works for the concert stage.

Powis and Wood have combined their talents to form String Lab, a multi-disciplined duo with a repertoire that ranges from Renaissance music to newly commissioned works to their own original transcriptions.

The Maxwell Shepherd Memorial Arts Fund is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the fine and performing arts. All funding comes from donations by supporters and patrons. Tax-deductible donations, including employer matching gifts, may be made at the concert or sent to MSMAF, Inc., c/o Collinsville Savings Society, P.O. Box 197, Collinsville, CT 0019. For further information about the fund, contact MSMAF, Inc., 16 South St., Collinsville, CT 06019, or by telephone at 860-881-0726 and email at awkendra@yahoo.com


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