Cocktail Hour Productions Presents Keyboard Hors D’Oeuvres

Timothy Hester with Oleg Sulyga, Desmond Hoebig, and Aralee Dorough

Three Mondays, October 25, November 1 and 8, 6:00–8:00 p.m. | Private Residences; addresses will be provided to subscribers. Limited Enrollment.

October 25: Classical Pâté: Mozart. Timothy Hester will perform sonatas for solo piano and, with Oleg Sulyga, a sonata for violin and piano.

November 1: Romantic Caviar: Chopin and Schumann. Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the composers’ births, Mr. Hester will perform Chopin’s Ballade in F Minor and Schumann’s Romanze in F# Major and, with Desmond Hoebig, Chopin’s Polonaise Brilliante and Schumann’s Fantasy pieces.

November 8: 20th-Century Canapé: Copland. Aaron Copland is considered by many to be representative of American nationalism in music and the most American sounding composer. In this final session, Mr. Hester will perform Copland’s “Four Piano Blues” and “El Salon Mexico” as well as his last composition, Duo for Flute and Piano, with Aralee Dorough.

Timothy Hester is assistant professor of piano and director of Keyboard Collaborative Arts at the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. Mr. Hester has performed as a soloist with numerous orchestras including the Houston Symphony, Galveston Symphony, Wichita Symphony, Woodlands Symphony, and Colorado Philharmonic under such conductors as Niklaus Wyss, Erich Bergel, Michael Palmer, Richard Pickar, Sidney Harth and Antonia Brico.

Oleg Sulyga is a violinist with the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and Mercury Baroque. As a chamber musician, he performed with the principals of the Wiener Philharmoniker and as a member of the Kopelman Quartet. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony. A native of Moscow, Russia, Mr. Sulyga was a member of the world-renowned ensemble, the Moscow Virtuosi, led by Vladimir Spivakov.

Desmond Hoebig is professor of cello and principal cellist at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. As guest soloist, Mr. Hoebig has performed with the Houston, Cincinnati, San Diego, Madison, Canton, and Fresno orchestras. His performances abroad have included appearances in Canada, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Japan. Mr. Hoebig was principal cellist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra before joining the Shepherd School.

Aralee Dorough is currently principal flutist of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and first appeared as soloist with the HSO in 1992, at the beginning of her second season as principal. Ms. Dorough is also a member of the faculty of the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston. An avid chamber musician, she has performed with the Houston Symphony Chamber Players and Da Camera Society of Houston. With the Houston Symphony Chamber Players, she has traveled throughout Europe and Japan and appeared at the Ravinia Festival.



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