Niobrara County News

Summit Chamber Players to Perform at the Library

The Summit Chamber Players joins the talents of violinist John Fadial, violist James Przygocki, & cellist Beth Vanderborgh and will present a concert at the library on Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. The trio, comprised of members of the Music faculty at the University of Wyoming, presents a wide range of repertoire from Mozart to contemporary composers.

The Summit Chamber Players have been featured on chamber music series throughout the Western region, including recitals at the Black Hills Chamber Music Society, The Casper Chamber Music Society, the Lander Community Concerts Association and the Wheatland Chamber Music Series. The trio seeks to engage young string players in the public schools though performances, workshops and masterclasses.

The SCP has enjoyed fruitful collaborations with other musicians including The Stanislas Quartet, pianist Theresa Bogard, clarinetist Jerome Fleg, & composers Jennifer Higdon and Anne Guzzo.

Violinist John Fadial has appeared on four continents as chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue, and his performances have been praised by the critics. “Sparkling Technique,” L’Est Republicain “Wow! Great Stuff,” The Washington Post. He has toured internationally for the US State Department as a United States Artistic Ambassador, and has served as concertmaster of the North Carolina Opera, the Colorado Festival, the Menuhin Festival Orchestra of Saumur (France), the Heidelberg Schloss-Spiele (Germany), and Greensboro (NC) Symphony Orchestra (fifteen seasons). He has won prizes in the American String Teachers Association Solo Competition and the Baltimore Chamber Awards and has performed at: the Phillips Collection, the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center, the Salle Poirel (Nancy, France), the University of Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Fadial has given recent master classes at prestigious institutions around the globe including: the Eastern (US) and Mirecourt (France) Music Festivals, and the Universities of Paraiba (Jo�o Passoa, Brazil), Bahia (Salvador Brazil), Iowa, North Carolina, Colorado, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. He has served as violin professor at West Virginia University and the University of North Carolina, and currently maintains a large and talented violin class at the University of Wyoming. He holds degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Eastman School, and the University of Maryland where his teachers were Elaine Richey, Charles Castleman, and Arnold Steinhardt, respectively. As a recording artist he was a semifinalist for the Grammy Award for best Chamber Music Performance of 2007 for the CD Where Does Love Go: Chamber Music of Mark Engebretson on the Innova label; and in 2009 he released a disc of the Complete String Sextets of Johannes Brahms (RadioFrance) with the Stanislas Sextet of Nancy (France), of which he is a founding member. His disc of the Chamber Music of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor was deemed “not to be missed” by American Record Guide; and he recently completed a recording of the Brahms Sonatas for the Centaur label.

Violist James Przygocki’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and violin from Western Michigan University and a Masters in Viola Performance from Indiana University. He has studied viola with Mimi Zweig and Jerry Horner, violin with Gerald Fischbach, chamber music with Rostislav Dubinsky and pedagogy with Mimi Zweig. He has also studied chamber music with the Fine Arts Quartet and at the Banff Center for the Arts.
Prof. Przygocki is an active performer as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. His experience includes performances in Europe, China, Brazil, Canada and around the U.S. He plays chamber music with the Summit Chamber Players, a faculty ensemble at the University of Wyoming. He has also performed at various festivals including Colorado’s Music in the Mountains and the Indiana University Summer Music Festival. Solo appearances included performances with the Goias (Brazil) Philharmonic, the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the University of Wyoming Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
He has recorded a CD of music by Louise Talma on the CRI. His recording of Camargo Guarnieri’s Viola Sonata is on a CD that accompanies Guarnieri’s biography, published by Indiana University Press. He also appears on a recent Summit Chamber Players’ CD recording of the music of Felix Draeseke and Arnold Krug entitled Homage to Stelzner on the AK/Coburg label. As a teacher, Prof. Przygocki’s experience is wide and varied. He has worked with students of all ages and levels from graduate level university students to the youngest beginners. In addition to teaching college students, Prof. Przygocki teaches young students through the String Academy of Wyoming, a Suzuki-based program for pre-college students.

Cellist Beth Vanderborgh enjoys a rich and varied career as both soloist and chamber musician. She currently serves on the faculty of the University of Wyoming and as principal cellist of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member of the acclaimed Stanislas Sextet, based in Nancy, France, and tours regularly with Musica Harmonia. The Classical Voice of North Carolina described her playing as “…Impeccable musicianship, rhythmic precision, technical expertise and expansive, passionate musicianship. Gorgeous music, exquisitely performed, and I do not believe I have overdone the superlatives.” The Washington Post writes, “Wow… Great Stuff!” Dr. Vanderborgh has captured top prizes in the Baltimore Chamber Awards, the National Society of Arts and Letters Cello Competition and the Ulrich Solo Competition. As United States Information Service Artistic Ambassador and member of the Fadial-Vanderborgh Duo, she has performed on four continents, including recitals at the Kennedy Center, the Phillips Collection, the Teatro Nacional in Costa Rica and the American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria. Recent solo highlights include Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Strauss’s Don Quixote and Haydn’s D Major Cello Concerto with the Greensboro Symphony, solo cello in the sextet arrangement of Don Quixote at the Lazlo Varga Cello Celebration, and Anthony Ritchie’s Double Concerto at the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. She appears regularly on the Greensboro Symphony’s chamber series “Dmitry Sitkovetsky and Friends” collaborating with guest artists Lynn Harrell, Augustin Hadelich, Elmar Oliviera, Bela Davidovich, Konstantin Lipschitz, Garrick Ohlsson and Stuart Malina. Dr. Vanderborgh spends her summers on the faculty of Eastern Music Festival. She holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the University of Maryland, where her teachers included Evelyn Elsing, David Soyer, Steven Doane, and David Geber.

Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.