"Building Brahms"

An afternoon of German Romantic works in a performance on period instruments
October 29, 2017 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall

The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents "Building Brahms" an afternoon of German Romantic works in a performance on period instruments on Sunday, October 29th at 3:30pm in Old Cabell Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Performers for this concert include David Sariti, violin; Katy Ambrose, natural horn; and Andrew Willis, piano. 

This recital is the first step in a year-long project that explores the relationship between three areas of the music department: performance, technology and composition. This project is made possible by the Music Department Synergies initiative. 

Traditional performance is enhanced through the knowledge of instrument design, in order to understand how best to manipulate the instrument. This knowledge can be best gained through careful deconstruction and reconstruction of the instrument, and especially through composition. During the Spring semester, musicians from across the department will have the opportunity to explore elements of instrument design and construction in a workshop with master horn builder Jacob Medlin, and UVa Professor Luke Dahl. The workshop will provide students the opportunity to build their own labrosone, and work with composers to write a piece of music for their new instrument.

For several decades Andrew Willis has explored the historical development of keyboard instruments and their performance practice while maintaining a commitment to the study, performance, and teaching of the widest possible range of repertoire.

A Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Willis teaches piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord performance. Willis also leads courses on keyboard literature and performance practice. As Director of the biennial UNCG Focus on Piano Literature from 2003 to 2014, he gathered musicians, scholars, students, and listeners to engage in intensive celebrations of chosen aspects of the repertoire.

Willis has appeared as soloist with such period-instrument chamber orchestras as the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Apollo Ensemble, the Magnolia Baroque Festival, and the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Recent recital appearances have taken place at the National Music Museum, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Strathmore Arts Center, and for early music societies in San Diego, San José, and Los Angeles.


Violinist David Sariti is known for his performance and research interests that cut across styles and eras, with a repertoire spanning from the seventeenth century to the present day.  Equally at home with modern or period instruments, he has collaborated on the latter with many noted performers, chamber ensembles, and orchestras.


Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a “spectacular” and “graceful” musician, Katy Ambrose has made a name for herself as an educator, chamber and orchestral musician. She joined the faculty of the University of Virginia as Lecturer in Horn and Principal Horn of the Charlottesville Symphony in the Fall of 2015, and also holds the position of Fourth Horn of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet, Hawai’i Opera Theater/Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Honolulu, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Harrisburg Symphony, Vermont Symphony, New Haven Symphony, and regionally with Opera on the James, Ash Lawn Opera, and the Staunton Music Festival.



Works for this performance include:

Sonata for Horn and Piano, Op. 17 - Beethoven
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105 - Schumann
Variations for piano, Op. 82 - Mendelssohn
Brahms Trio for Violin, Waldhorn and Piano, Op. 40


Luke Dahl is Assistant Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies at University of Virginia where he teaches classes on music technology, audio signal processing, and music interaction design. Luke earned his PhD in Computer-Based Music Theory and Acoustics from the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, and a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His research interests include music-related movement, new interfaces for musical expression, and music signal processing.

At CCRMA Luke was a founding member of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (Slork) and the Stanford Mobile Phone Orchestra (MoPho). His musical works include SoundBounce for mobile phone orchestra, which was performed at NIME in Sydney, and TweetDreams for audience interaction and live Twitter data, which was premiered at the MiTo Settembre Musica Festival in Milan and has been performed in Oslo, San Francisco, and at TEDx Silicon Valley. He also produces and performs electronic dance music and ambient music.

Before returning to academia Luke worked at the Joint E-mu/Creative Advanced Technology Center where he developed reverb algorithms for the SoundBlasterLive sound card products and co-authored five patents on audio signal processing, and at Apple where he worked on audio for iPod and laptop products.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda (map). Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Road, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. 

Please call the Music Department at 434.924.3052 for more information.
All events are subject to change. 


This event is supported by the Synergies initiative


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu