- $25 Assigned Rows 1-2
- $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
- $10 General Admission
- $5 Student
- Louis Nagel, piano
- Stephen Shipps, violin
- Anthony Elliott, cello
A graduate of The Juilliard School of Music and student of Rosina Lhevinne and Josef Raieff, Steinway Artist Louis Nagel has been performing before the public for over fifty years. He has played and taught at the University of Michigan since 1969, as well as the National Music Camp, the Sydney Conservatorium, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Donghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, The Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, and festivals in Vermont, Poland and Italy. He has performed numerous times in New York, including two recent concerts at Steinway Hall.
In demand as a performer, lecturer, and adjudicator, he has visited many college campuses in the United States including recent appearances at Texas Tech, Bowling Green (Ohio) University and Emory and Henry (Virginia) University. At last year’s National Music Teachers Association Convention, he presented a program entitled “Liszt: Composer of Other People’s Music” in honor of the composer’s 200th birthday. He is looking forward to presenting “Bach’s Bon-bons,” a program of Bach’s Six French Suites at next year’s National Music Teachers Association Convention in New York. He has performed concertos by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Tchaikowsky with orchestras in Berlin and Budapest. In Michigan he has collaborated three times with Charles Greenwell and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony and with Arie Lipsky and the Ann Arbor Symphony. He takes particular pride in his many concerts at the Ann Arbor Kerrytown Concert House.
He has collaborated with his wife, psychoanalyst, psychologist, and musician Dr. Julie Jaffee Nagel at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Exploring the close relationship between music and the mind, they have presented programs jointly on stage-fright, career problems, and selected works of works of great composers.
Louis Nagel is winner of numerous prestigious prizes including the National Arts Club, National Federation of Music Clubs, and the Geneva International Competition. His articles and reviews appear in The Juilliard Journal Online, The Journal Of The American Liszt Society, Clavier Magazine and Piano And Keyboard.
Stephen B. Shipps enjoys a varied professional career as violinist, teacher, editor, administrator, adjudicator and commentator. He serves as Professor of Violin and Senior Advisor to the Dean for International Study at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is Director of the International Music Academy Pilsen in the Czech Republic, now entering its seventh season.
Mr. Shipps is presently under contract with Naxos recordings for five CD’s and Lauren Keiser Publishing for a series of print editions of standard violin solo repertoire. An avid chamber musician, he is currently performing and recording with the Vorobiev-Shipps-Aaron Piano Trio. He serves on the Audition Panel for the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and is returning as Media Host of the 2010 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.
Mr. Shipps pursued violin studies with Josef Gingold at Indiana University, receiving a BM, MM and Performer’s Certificate. He also studied with Ivan Galamian and Sally Thomas at the Meadowmount School and with Franco Gulli at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He began his career as an orchestral performer, serving as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra, Associate Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Concertmaster of the Dallas Opera and Omaha Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber performer, Mr. Shipps was a member of the Amadeus and Meadowmount Piano Trios. His recording career spanned all recorded genres and his solo and chamber recordings are available on Albany, American Gramaphone, Equilibrium, Melodiya/Russian Disc and Naxos. His solo work on the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas series has yielded over two-dozen gold and platinum records representing over 20 million copies sold. His print editions are available from Encore Press in Detroit, E.C. Schirmer in Boston, Editio Amos in Prague and Lauren Keiser Publishing in New York. Shipps has taught at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Banff Centre in Canada and the Prague Academy of Music. He is invited regularly for teaching residencies at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe and the Hochschule für Musik Dresden.
In service capacities, he has served on the Board of Advisors of the Sphinx Organization and Competition since its inception. Mr. Shipps currently co-chairs the Committee for Studio Instruction for the American String Teachers Association and is a long-standing member of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis Advisory Board.
Cellist Anthony Elliott is in great demand as a soloist, chamber music performer, and teacher. Following his victory in the Emanuel Feuermann International Cello Competition in 1987, Strad Magazine wrote of his competition appearance "His emotional communication is often profound, and his glittering, silvery tone captivates the ear." Following quickly on the heels of his competition victory was a highly successful New York debut recital, which received a lengthy standing ovation from a capacity crowd.
Anthony Elliott's studies were with two legendary figures of the cello, Janos Starker and Frank Miller. Presently he is a Professor of Music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has given master classes at most of America's leading music programs including Cleveland Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, Peabody Conservatory, Chicago's Music Center of the North Shore, and Interlochen Arts Academy. He devotes most of his summer to teaching and performing at the Aspen Music Festival.
A frequent guest soloist with major orchestras, Anthony Elliott has performed most of the standard concerto repertory with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the CBC Toronto Orchestra. He has also commissioned new works by such composers as Primous Fouuntain III, Augustus Hill, James Lee III, and Chad E. Hughes. As a soloist, his performances have been recorded and broadcast on radio and television across the United States and Canada.
Also in great demand as a chamber musician, he is a regular guest artist at the Sitka (Alaska) Summer Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Festival, the Texas Music Festival, New York's Bargemusic Chamber Series, Chamber Music International of Dallas, Houston's DaCamera Series, the Victoria International Festival, and the Gateways Festival. He has also appeared as a member of Quartet Canada, with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and with members of the Emerson, Juilliard, Cleveland, and Concord string quartets.
He has appeared in chamber music with the present and former concertmasters of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra. He performs regularly with the Michigan Chamber Players in Ann Arbor.