Amaranth Quartet

Amaranth String QuartetWith a love of tackling the string quartet canon and as fierce a passion for discovering newly composed works, Amaranth Quartet was founded in 2013 and proudly calls the Bay Area home. Members Emily Botel, Abigail Shiman, Erica Zappia, and Helen Newby strive to present classical music to divergent audiences in a variety of locales. Amaranth Quartet firmly believes in the importance of community engagement. They are actively involved in and committed to outreach at grade schools across the United States. AmaranthQuartet.com

Violin Soloist

Amaranth String QuartetMichael Sutton Violin
A native of Minneapolis, Michael Sutton joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1997. In addition to performing in Minnesota Orchestra programs, he is concertmaster of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, a post he accepted in fall 2014. He also is a faculty member at the MacPhail Center for Music and coaches violin for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. Sutton earned bachelor's and master's degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. There he received the Kortschak Award for Chamber Music and the Bauer Award for Outstanding Accomplishment. For four years Sutton was a concertmaster of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He was also a leader at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan.

Lake Tahoe Dance Collective

Amaranth String QuartetThe talented dancers of the Lake Tahoe Dance Collective will present a 3-part ballet to the Academy Orchestra's music of Bach, Barber and Mozart. Founding Artistic Director Christin Hanna will return to the stage with partner Damien Johnson (Ballet Black) in her own choreography to Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings. Guest choreographers Erik Wagner (San Francisco Ballet, Bern Ballet) and Stephen Straub (Aspen Santa Fe Ballet) will premiere works to the Vivace movement of Bach's Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra in D minor, and Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in A major, respectively. LakeTahoeDanceCollective.org

Guest Composer

Amaranth String QuartetDavid Wendell Nelson
Dr. Nelson is on the board of directors for the Lake Tahoe Music Festival and has contributed both his time and compositional talent. In August of 2016 the Academy Orchestra premiered his Sketch No. 1 for String Orchestra, which was written expressly for the ensemble and Maestro Timm Rolek. This year the orchestra will debut another of David's compositions on August 17, 2017. "Cry of the Wind" derives its inspiration from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and his enigmatic poetry concerning the beauty and mystery of nature. DavidWendellNelson.com

Orchestra Members

Janice Ahn
Janice Ahn
Violin
New York
Joel Alarcon
Joel Alarcon
Violin
Deleware
Georgeann Banker
Georgeann Banker
Bassoon
California
Rose Marie Bart
Rose Marie Bart
Cello
New York
Emily Botel
Emily Botel

Leader
California
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Vijay Chalasani
Vijay Chalasani
Viola
Washington
Laura Lydia Dahl
Laura Lydia Dahl
Violin
Minnesota
Rebecca Fathman
Rebecca Fathman
French Horn
Colorado
Daniel Goldblum
Daniel Goldblum

Bassoon
California
Victoria Lee
Victoria Lee
Oboe
California
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Natasha Loomis
Natasha Loomis

Flute
New Jersey
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Gabrielle MarxGabrielle Marx
Bass
California

Daniel McTiernan
Daniel McTiernan

Oboe
Texas
Julie Michael
Julie Michael
Violin
California
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Helen NewbyHelen Newby
Cello
California

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Erin Paul
Erin Paul
Horn
New York
Lavinia Pavlish
Lavinia Pavlish
Violin
New York
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Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo
Laura Rubinstein-Salzedo Violin
California
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Abigail Shiman
Abigail Shiman
Violin
California

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Caitlin Stokes
Caitlin Stokes
Violin
Nevada

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