UVA Chamber Music Series - Elizabeth Roberts, bassoon

November 19, 2023 - 3:30pm
Old Cabell Hall
$15 General / $13 UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance / Free for students under 18.

The UVA Chamber Music Series presents the third concert of the 2023-2024 Series on Sunday, November 19th, 2023, at 3:30pm in Old Cabell Hall on the UVA Grounds. This concert features Elizabeth Roberts, Senior Lecturer of Bassoon at the University of Virginia. Roberts will be joined by pianist Shelby Sender, and Kelly Peral, oboe.

PROGRAM: (click for PDF)
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier - Sonata No. 2 in G, Op. 50
Gordon Jacob - Partita for solo bassoon
     1. Preludio
     2. Valse
     3. Presto
     4. Aria antiqua
     5. Capricietto
James Waterson - Concertpiece "Souvenir de Donizetti"
Oleg Miroshnikov – Scherzo
Philipp Friedrich Boddecker - Sonata sopra 'la Monica'
Henri Büsser - Portuguesa, Op.106 
William Grant Still (arr. Alexa Still) - Songs for Bassoon and Piano
            Bayou Home
            If you Should Go
            Song for the Lonely
Anna Clyne - Evening Light for solo bassoon
Francis Poulenc - Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon

The livestream link was available from 11/19/23 until 11/28/23

Elizabeth Roberts, Principal Bassoon and Director of Youth Education for the Charlottesville Symphony since 2001, joined the faculty at the University of Virginia the same year. She became the Virginia Symphony Orchestra’s contrabassoonist in 2017, and has played Second Bassoon with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra since 2015. Ms. Roberts freelances on bassoon and contrabassoon with the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, National Philharmonic, Maryland Lyric Opera, and the Richmond Symphony. She has served as Guest Principal Bassoon National Symphony Orchestra (December 2022), and with the Washington National Opera (February 2023); and she toured with the NSO to Carnegie Hall in April 2023.

Ms. Roberts is a 2008 Virginia Governor’s Award for the Arts nominee, and has given world premiere performances of works by Arthur Weisberg, Bernard Rands, Barbara York, Michael Daugherty, Gary Schocker, and Walter Ross. Ms. Roberts has performed as a soloist with the Charlottesville Symphony, the Roanoke Symphony, the Harid Conservatory Orchestra and the Waynesboro Orchestra, and was invited to perform as a soloist and chamber musician at the International Double Reed Society conference in 2010 (OK), 2013 (CA), 2014 (NY), and 2017 (WI). Ms. Roberts can be heard on recordings with the Virginia Symphony Night Owl (Night Owl by Michael Daugherty), Sound of the Sun (Urlicht by Gustav Mahler and The Imagined Sound of Sun on Stone - Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra by Sally Beamish); the Baltimore Symphony (Color Field by Anna Clyne, and Dance for Cello and Orchestra by Anna Clyne) and The City (Marimba Concerto by Kevin Puts); the Richmond Symphony Inspired by Walt Whitman (Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams); and the New World Symphony's New World Jazz (Lollapalooza by John Adams).

Ms. Roberts was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Bassoon at the University of Missouri for the 2013-2014 academic year, and was a member of the New England Music Camp faculty during the summers of 2017-2022. Ms. Roberts has taught bassoon, reedmaking, and chamber music in the Charlottesville, VA area since 2001, and has performed and taught at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival (VA), Beyond the Notes (UVA), where she served as Artistic Director, Music Mind and Reading (NC), the Cascade Festival of Music (OR) and the Coastal Youth Symphony Camp (GA), where she served as Program Director. She is a Music Advisor for Crozet Arts. Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois, a Professional Studies Diploma and a Bachelor of Music from the Harid Conservatory, and a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, where she was elected to both Pi Kappa Lambda and USC Presidential Fellows, and received the Dean’s Special Commendation. Her principal teachers were Arthur Weisberg, Stephen Maxym, and Frank Morelli. She has pursued additional studies on bassoon with Nancy Goeres and on contrabassoon with Lew Lipnick and Holly Blake. In her spare time, she enjoys working in the yard, biking, hiking, taking long walks with her fiancé. and spending time with her parents at their home along the Rappahannock. Ms. Roberts performs on a 9000 series Heckel bassoon and a Fox Fast System contrabassoon.

Listen to an interview Nathan Moore conducted on WTJU with Elizabeth Roberts here.

The UVA Chamber Music Series presents innovative performances by the University of Virginia's world-class performance faculty and celebrated guest artists. It is comprised of six professional performances for the University and the central Virginia community. These intimate concerts are programmed to offer both new and traditional works that will delight the novice as well as the well-tempered critic. The UVA Chamber Music Series is directed by Jiyeon Choi

To see all concerts in the series, please visit https://music.virginia.edu/uvacms.   

Individual Tickets: $15 General / $13 UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance / Free for students under 18.

Tickets are available at the UVA Arts Box Office by calling 434.924.3376, or by visiting artsboxoffice.virginia.edu.  Individual tickets will also be available at the door one hour prior to the concert. UVA students need to reserve their tickets 24 hours in advance at the UVA Arts Box Office student ticket portal

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 Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall

All programs are subject to change.  

For more information, please call the Department of Music at 434.924.3052. 

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

Email: music@virginia.edu